The National Academies, under a collaboration between the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, hosted a workshop on December 7-8, 2011, on fostering better sustainability considerations in procurement tools and capabilities across the public and private sectors. The workshop featured invited presentations and discussions to assess the current landscape of green purchasing tools, identify opportunities and emerging requirements for enhanced and/or new tools, identify potential barriers to progress (such as cross-tool interoperability), and explore potential solutions. It considered associated training required to realize the full benefits of these tools. The workshop included participants from, but not limited to, users of procurement tools (including federal, state, and local government and industry), experts in sustainable procurement, developers and users familiar with open data, and companies that develop and sell procurement tools and related software.
Sustainable Acquisition: Fostering Sustainability Considerations into Public and Private Sector Procurement Tools and Capabilities - A Workshop
Date: December 7-8, 2011
Location: 20 F St Conference Center, 20 F St NW, Washington, DC
Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop
This report recaps a December 2011 workshop convened on behalf of the General Services Administration on how better to foster sustainability considerations into procurement tools and capabilities across the public and private sectors. It summarizes presentations and discussions that assessed the current landscape of green purchasing tools, identified opportunities and emerging requirements for enhanced and/or new tools, identified potential barriers to progress (such as cross-tool interoperability), and explored potential solutions. This summary also recaps discussions at the workshop on associated training required to realize the full benefits of these tools.
- Dara O'Rourke (Chair)
Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
- Peter Graf
Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President, SAP
- Patrick Mallet
Founder and Credibility Director, ISEAL Alliance
- H. Scott Matthews
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Teresa Neal
Senior Purchasing Manager, Chemicals, Church & Dwight
- Marina Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
- Dominic Brose, Program Officer, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
- Dylan Richmond, Research Assistant, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
This project is sponsored by the General Services Administration.