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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13476.
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Appendix A


Workshop Agenda

Fostering Sustainability Considerations into Public and Private Sector
Procurement Tools and Capabilities

A National Academies Workshop

December 7-8, 2011
20 F St. Conference Center
20 F St. NW
Washington, D.C.
Conference Room A

Wednesday, 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

9:00 AM

Section 13 Interagency Working Group Overview: Sustainable Procurement and Processes
Nancy Gillis, Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office General Services Administration

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13476.
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9:15 AM

Best Practices in Sustainable Procurement
Alicia Culver, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network

9:45 AM

Section 13 Product Standards and Ecolabels Sub-working Group
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

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13476.
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Session II: Fostering Sustainability in Procurement Processes

Moderator: Teresa Neal, Senior Purchasing Manager, Church & Dwight, Co., Inc.

1:30 PM

Sustainability in Procurement Processes—Data Needs and Challenges
Anastasia O’Rourke, Co-Founder, Big Room

2:00 PM

Fostering Sustainability into the Procurement Process
Stephen Gordon, Professor, Old Dominion University

2:30 PM

BREAK

2:45 PM

Federal Perspectives on Sustainable Procurement
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. (Teleconference)

3:45 PM

Summary Remarks
Chair: Dara O’Rourke, University of California, Berkeley

4:00 PM

MEETING ADJOURNS

Thursday, 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

8:30 AM

Current Landscape of Sustainable Procurement Tools
Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability, American University

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13476.
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9:00 AM

Criteria for Best Practices with Sustainable Procurement Tools

Josh Saunders, Sustainable Products Evangelist, Greencurement

9:30 AM

Opportunities and Emerging Requirements for Sustainable Procurement Tools

Peter Graf, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP

10:00 AM

Requirements for Procurement Processes Along the Supply Chain

Edan Dionne, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs, IBM Corporation

10:30 AM

BREAK

10:45 AM

A Framework for Greener Procurement: Connecting Life-cycle 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

12:15 PM

Components of a Proposed Sustainable Acquisition Tool
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

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13476.
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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: Teresa Neal, Senior Purchasing Manager, Church & Dwight, Co., Inc.

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

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13476.
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Federal laws, regulations, and executive orders have imposed requirements for federal agencies to move toward the sustainable acquisition of goods and services, including the incorporation of sustainable purchasing into federal agency decision making. Since the federal government is such a significant player in the market, its move to incorporate sustainable procurement practices could have a profound impact on the types of products being developed for the market as a whole.

The General Services Administration (GSA) has played a key role in furthering sustainable procurement practices throughout the federal government. GSA is responsible for formulating and maintaining government-wide policies covering a variety of administrative actions, including those related to procurement and management. GSA has several ongoing activities related to sustainable procurement to assess the feasibility of working with the federal supplier community - vendors and contractors that serve federal agencies to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain while encouraging sustainable operations among suppliers. GSA has also been actively developing programs to assist federal agencies in making sustainable procurement decisions. As federal agencies cannot directly fund the development of sustainable procurement tools, they are particularly interested in understanding how to foster innovation and provide incentives for collaboration between developers and users of tools for sustainable purchasing throughout the supply chain. The training of procurement professionals is also a priority for these agencies.

To assist efforts to build sustainability considerations into the procurement process, the National Research Council appointed a committee to organize a two-day workshop that explored ways to better incorporate sustainability considerations into procurement tools and capabilities across the public and private sectors. The workshop was designed to help participants assess the current landscape of green purchasing tools, identify emerging needs for enhanced or new tools and opportunities to develop them, identify potential barriers to progress, and explore potential solutions. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges related to sustainable purchasing and to developing new procurement tools. Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities reviews the presenters' recommendations and tools currently used in sustainable procurement, such as databases for ecolabels and standards, codes, or regulations and other nontechnological tools such as policies, frameworks, rating systems, and product indexes.

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