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Sustainable Acquisition: Fostering Sustainability Considerations into Public and Private Sector Procurement Tools and Capabilities 

20 F St Conference Center
20 F St NW, Conference Room A
Washington, DC
December 7-8, 2011

agenda and presentations                                                                                                                                   

December 7, 2011

8:30 AM          Welcome and Goals of the Workshop
                         Marina Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
                         Dara O’Rourke, Chair, Workshop Planning Committee, University of California, Berkeley
 
Session I: Procurement Processes – Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Dara O’Rourke, Chair, Workshop Planning Committee, University of California, Berkeley
                                             
8:45 AM          GSA Comments on Sustainable Procurement
                        Steven J. Kempf, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
 
                         Nancy Gillis, Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office General Services Administration
 
                         Alicia Culver, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network
 
                         Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor on Product Sustainability, Environmental Protection Agency
                         Brennan Conaway, Contracting Officer, General Services Administration
 
10:15 AM        BREAK
 
10:45 AM        Breakout Groups
                                      
  • What are purchasers’ challenges and needs across the lifecycle of purchasing? What are some examples of hitting barriers when trying to buy “green”? What would be the design criteria in developing the ideal tool?
    Moderator: Leo Bonanni, Chief Executive Officer, Sourcemap
    Location: Conference Room A 
     
  • What information about products is needed regarding sustainable attributes, whether directly and through certification and ecolabels? 
    Moderator:  Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor on Product Sustainability, Environmental Protection Agency
                        
    Brennan Conaway, Contracting Officer, General Services Administration
    Location: Board Room
 
11:45 PM        Breakout Group Report Back to Plenary
                         Moderator: Dara O’Rourke, Chair, Workshop Planning Committee, University of California, Berkeley
                         Location: Conference Room A
 
12:30 PM        LUNCH
 
Session II: Fostering Sustainability in Procurement Processes
Moderator: Teresa Neal, Director Product Marketing, SciQuest
 
                          Anastasia O’Rourke, Co-Founder, Big Room
 
                          Stephen Gordon, Professor, Old Dominion University
 
2:30 PM            BREAK
 
                          Josh Silverman, Director, Office of Sustainability Support, Department of Energy
                          Karen Moran, Environmental Protection Specialist, Pollution Prevention Team Lead, Defense Logistics Agency
 
3:15 PM            Considerations in Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement
                          Lorrie Vogel, General Manager, Nike's Considered Products, Nike Inc. (By Phone)
 
3:45 PM            Summary Remarks
                          Chair: Dara O’Rourke, University of California, Berkeley
 
4:00 PM            Meeting Adjourns 
 

December 8, 2011

8:15 AM            Introduction and Previous Day Recap 
                          Chair: Dara O'Rourke, University of California, Berkeley
 
Session III: Analysis and Optimization with Sustainable Purchasing Tools
Moderator: Patrick Mallet, Founder, Credibility Director, ISEAL Alliance
 
                         Chris O'Brien, Director of Sustainability, American University
 
                         Josh Saunders, Sustainable Products Evangelist, Greencurement 
 
                          Peter Graf, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP
 
                          Edan Dionne, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs, IBM Corporation
 
10:30 AM         BREAK
           
10:45 AM         A Framework for Greener Procurement: Connecting Lifecycle Attributes and Ecolabels to Bring Clarity to Institutional Buyers
                         Jonathan Rifkin, Washington, DC and NASPO  
                         Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor, Office Depot
 
11:30 AM        LUNCH
 
Session IV: Moving Forward
Moderator:  H. Scott Matthews, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
 
                         Edward Rau, Chair, HHS Sustainability Innovations Working Group, National Institutes of Health
 
12:45 PM        A Roadmap for Achieving Sustainable Procurement
                         Stephen Leeds, Senior Counselor to the Administrator, General Services Administration
 
1:15 PM           Breakout Groups          
  • What training and skills will be required to realize the full benefits of sustainable purchasing tools? What methods are there for broadening the use of sustainable purchasing tools to a more mainstream audience and encouraging a culture change among purchasers and suppliers?
    Moderator: Chris O'Brien, Director of Sustainability, American University
    Location: Conference Room A
  • What are major data gaps and data availability issues related to sustainable procurement? What are the different attributes, whether positive or negative, that characterize sustainable procurement and what should they be moving forward?
    Moderator: Moderator: Teresa Neal, Director Product Marketing, SciQuest
    Location: Board Room
2:15 PM            Breakout Group Report Back to Plenary
                          Moderator: H. Scott Matthews, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
                          Location: Conference Room A
 
2:45 PM           Closing Remarks
                          Chair: Dara O’Rourke, University of California, Berkeley
 
3:00 PM            Meeting Adjourns
 

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