Fostering Sustainability Considerations into Public and Private Sector Procurement Tools and Capabilities
December 7-8, 2011
PLANNING COMMITTEE, SPEAKERS AND STAFF
DARA O’ROURKE (Committee Chair) is associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. O’Rourke’s research interests include the political economy and policy aspects global supply chains; governmental and nongovernmental strategies for monitoring and accountability over these production systems; and new models of public participation in environmental and labor policy regulation. He is currently leading a team of researchers focused on analyzing and improving the quality of information available to consumers on the social, environmental, and health impacts of products and companies; researching the impacts of this information on consumer behavior; and developing Web and mobile tools to deliver better information to consumers at their point-of-decision. He has recently applied this research to a social venture startup—GoodGuide. com—which provides information to consumers on the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies. Dr. O’Rourke previously served on the National Research Council’s Committee Toward Improved International Labor Standards: Data, Monitoring, and Compliance. He completed his Ph.D. in the Energy and Resources program at the University of California at Berkeley.
ALISON KINN BENNETT is the senior advisor for product sustainability in EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. She co-founded and co-leads two influential, cross-media networks within EPA—the Green Building Workgroup and the Sustainable Products Network—which bring together policy and technical staff from around the agency in order to advance holistic, life-cycle based approaches to environmental and public health protection. Since 2001, Ms. Bennett has served in EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, focusing her efforts on coordinating EPA positions on standards and specifications for greener building products and construction services. Ms. Bennett is vice chair of ASTM International’s Sustainability Committee (E60). Ms. Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture.
LEO BONANNI is the founder and CEO of Sourcemap.com, the crowd-sourced directory of product supply chains and carbon footprints. The open-source Web site offers tools for companies and individuals to share information about where things come from, what they are made of, and their social and environmental impact. Thousands of people have created sourcemaps of food, furniture, clothing, electronics, and more. Sourcemap’s social network technology can also be used internally to help organizations gather supply chain information for traceability and risk management. Dr. Bonanni has a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab, an M.S. and a Master of Architecture from MIT, and a B.A. from Columbia University. He teaches sustainable product design at Parsons and at MIT.
DOMINIC A. BROSE (Staff) is a program officer for the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) at the National Academies. Prior to STS, Dr. Brose was with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies where he collaborated on science policy reports sponsored by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) addressing the potential for adverse health effects from exposure of select military personnel to environmental contaminants. Previously, he was an environmental scientist at ToxServices LLC, where he reviewed product formulations for EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, which was a third-party service provided to EPA that evaluated product formulations against human health and environmental screening criteria. Dr. Brose received his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental soil chemistry from the University of Maryland, and his B.S. in natural resources and environmental science from Purdue University.
BRENNAN CONAWAY has served as a contracting professional with General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) since 2004. Currently, Mr. Brennan works within GSA’s Program Analysis Division, which is actively engaged in initiatives to green the agency’s operations and supply chain. Brennan was awarded a B.B.A. from James Madison University and an M.B.A. from George Mason University.
ALICIA CULVER is the executive director of the Responsible Purchasing Network, an international network dedicated to advancing sustainable procurement policies and practices among government agencies and public institutions. Ms. Culver has over two decades of experience working in the sustainable procurement field. She got her start in 1994 evaluating the federal government’s environmentally preferable purchasing efforts as Coordinator of the Government Purchasing Project based in Washington, D.C. She later served as deputy director of the New Jersey Office of Sustainability and, in 2004, founded the Green Purchasing Institute. Ms. Culver is currently serving as an advisor to the UN Environment Program and the World Bank, identifying the best practices for the procurement of energy-efficient products around the world. She also chairs San Francisco’s Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group. She has co-authored many publications on sustainable procurement, including Cleaning for Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment, RPN’s Responsible Purchasing Guide to LED Lighting, and Buying Smart: Experiences of Municipal Green Purchasing Pioneers.
EDAN DIONNE is director of corporate environmental affairs at IBM Corporation. IBM’s Corporate Environmental Affairs staff sets the company’s global strategy for and oversees IBM’s programs and performance worldwide in environment, energy and climate, product and process environmental stewardship. She joined IBM in 1983 as environmental engineer and became part of IBM’s corporate environmental affairs staff in 1990. Prior to assuming her current position, her experience included managing a wide range of environmental and climate protection programs, partnership with others in industry, the USEPA and nongovernmental organizations. She assumed her present position in 2002. Ms. Dionne has a master of science degree in chemical engineering.
JON EISENBERG (Staff) is director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. At CSTB, he has also been study director for more than a dozen major studies, including a series of reports exploring Internet and broadband policy and networking and communications technologies. From 1995 to 1997 he was a AAAS Science,
Engineering, and Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he worked on technology transfer and information and telecommunications policy issues. Dr. Eisenberg received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington in 1996 and a B.S. in physics with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988.
NANCY GILLIS directs the GSA Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office (PMO), which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the technical and policy recommendations outlined in the EO 13514 Vendor and Contractor Emissions report, and manages the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership, a public/private collaboration seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development, and technology innovation projects. Ms. Gillis received her graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.
STEPHEN GORDON directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Public Procurement and Contract Management in the Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Experienced as a manager, leader, thinker, and innovator in the not-for-profit, for-profit, and public sectors, Dr. Gordon teaches graduate classes in public procurement and contract management and public policy. Dr. Gordon’s primary areas of research interest include performance-based contracting, sustainable procurement, out-sourcing and in-sourcing of public services, and relationships in an intergovernmental and multi-sector environment. Throughout his career, Dr. Gordon has contributed to the advancement of the practice of governmental procurement, especially at the state and local levels. He co-chairs the Steering Group of the Sustainable Procurement Initiative, a group of professionals with differing but complementary expertise and perspectives that came together in 2010 to jointly focus on cost-effectively organizing governmental procurement in the United States to promote sustainability. The Sustainable Procurement Initiative is developing an organized, market-driven, non-regulatory strategy involving performance-based acquisition, contract incentives, large scale cooperative contracts, and information sharing and networking to dramatically increase sustainable purchases and contracts.
PETER GRAF (Committee Member) is chief sustainability officer and executive vice president of sustainability solutions with SAP, where he
is responsible for developing sustainable solutions that best serve the needs of SAP’s global customers, while also driving sustainable operations within SAP. At SAP, Dr. Graf has held various management roles. Previously, he was the executive vice president of solution marketing at SAP. In this role, he was responsible for shaping the company’s industry solution, application, and platform strategy. Dr. Graf holds a master’s degree in computer science and economics as well as a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence.
STEVEN J. KEMPF was appointed commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), effective July 10, 2010. In this capacity, he sets strategic direction and oversees the delivery of over $50 billion of best-value products, services, and solutions to federal customers, allowing them to effectively and efficiently achieve their missions. He also held this position in an acting capacity from April through June 2010, and was the deputy commissioner prior to that. Mr. Kempf has held multiple leadership positions throughout FAS and its pre-decessor organizations. He served as the acting FAS deputy commissioner from October 2008 through January 2009. In February 2008, he was named assistant commissioner for the FAS Office of Acquisition Management, where he was responsible for overall acquisition policy planning and coordination. Mr. Kempf holds a B.A. in history from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a law degree and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
STEPHEN LEEDS1 was appointed as senior counselor to the administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on August 10, 2009. As senior counselor, Mr. Leeds advises and assists the administrator on a variety of GSA’s enterprise initiatives. He also coordinates the activities of the regional administrators. Mr. Leeds is the senior accountable official for recovery, placing him in charge of the agency’s efforts to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He is also the agency senior sustainability officer, leading GSA’s efforts under Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 to fulfill GSA’s responsibilities and opportunities under those EOs as well as assisting GSA’s federal agency customers with solutions to help them integrate sustainability throughout their agencies and achieve their sustainability goals. Mr. Leeds graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in business and received a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
1 Senior Counselor to the Administrator as of December 7, 2011.
PATRICK MALLET (Committee Member) is founder and credibility director with ISEAL Alliance, the global association for social and environmental standards. At ISEAL Alliance, Mr. Mallet is responsible for managing the development of consensus-based codes of good practice for the effective operation of voluntary standards systems. In 2004, he led the development of the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards which has since become the normative reference point for credible standard-setting practices. Prior to founding the ISEAL Alliance in 2000, Mr. Mallet managed an international program in certification and marketing of non-timber forest products and was lead author on the multi-stakeholder Conservation Principles for Coffee Production. He is past board chair of the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia. He earned his degrees at Dalhousie and McGill Universities in eastern Canada.
H. SCOTT MATTHEWS (Committee Member) is the research director of the Green Design Institute and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. His work includes valuing the socioeconomic implications of environmental systems and infrastructure and industrial ecology. He focuses on using the Internet to facilitate environmental life-cycle assessment of products and processes, estimating and tracking carbon emissions across the supply chain, and the sustainability of product systems and infrastructure as connected to public policy. Dr. Matthews previously served on the National Research Council Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lynette I. Millett (Staff) is associate director at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), National Research Council of the National Academies. She currently directs several CSTB projects, including an investigation into foundational science in cybersecurity and an examination of opportunities for computing research to help meet sustainability challenges. She served as the study director for the CSTB reports Strategies and Priorities for Information Technology at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Social Security Administration Electronic Service Provision: A Strategic Assessment. Ms. Millett’s portfolio includes significant portions of CSTB’s recent work on software, identity systems, and privacy. She directed, among other projects, those that produced Software for Dependable Systems: Sufficient Evidence?, an exploration of fundamental approaches to developing dependable mission-critical systems; Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities, a comprehen-
sive assessment of biometric technology; Who Goes There? Authentication Through the Lens of Privacy, a discussion of authentication technologies and their privacy implications; and IDs—Not That Easy: Questions About Nationwide Identity Systems, a post-9/11 analysis of the challenges presented by large-scale identity systems. She has an M.Sc. in computer science from Cornell University and a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from Colby College.
KAREN MORAN is currently the team lead for Pollution Prevention at Headquarters Defense Logistics Agency. She has over 30 years of experience in Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health management with the Department of Defense. Her assignments have included installations, Headquarters for Major Commands & Components, and the Pentagon. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the University of Southern California.
MARINA S. MOSES (Staff) serves as the director for the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) in the Division of Policy and Global Affairs of the National Academies. In this capacity, she also serves as the director of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Under her leadership, the STS program issued the consensus report Sustainability and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has recently undertaken the multi-sponsored study Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Moses served on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, where she also directed the Doctoral Program and was the practicum coordinator for the graduate program. Dr. Moses was the recipient of the 2005 Pfizer Scholar in Public Health Award and has worked in emergency preparedness and communication with communities on public health issues. Previously, Dr. Moses held senior scientific positions in the Environmental Management Division of the U.S. Department of Energy, where she worked on the development of a qualitative framework to assess hazardous and nuclear waste risks, and served as the senior health risk assessor in the New York City office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Program. Dr. Moses received her Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry) and her Master of Science (Environmental Health Sciences) degrees from Case Western Reserve University. She received her doctorate of public health (Environmental Health Sciences) from Columbia University School of Public Health.
TERESA NEAL (Committee Member) is senior purchasing manager at Church & Dwight, Co. Inc. Formerly, Dr. Neal was the product marketing
director for SciQuest’s Commercial sector, where she was responsible for product strategy and driving growth in the emerging commercial markets and served as SciQuest’s thought leader for Green Procurement. Before joining SciQuest, she was a senior marketing manager for North America and Latin America at Novozymes, where she positioned enzymes as Green ingredients in the household care industry. She has an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.
CHRIS O’BRIEN joined American University in 2009 as the university’s first director of sustainability. He is responsible for sustainability policy, planning, outreach, and implementation. His work includes leading the university’s commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020, as well as building and operation green buildings, eliminating waste sent to landfill, and greening the university’s procurement. Previously, he directed the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream, and earlier served as Managing Director of the Green Business Network and the Fair Trade Federation. He is treasurer of the Fair Trade Resource Network and co-owns the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative. He serves on the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Advisory Board, the Green Advantage Board, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS Steering Committee. In 2006, Chris authored the award-winning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers). He has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Penn State University and a master’s degree in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
ANASTASIA O’ROURKE is a co-founder of Big Room Inc.—the creators of Ecolabel Index (www.ecolabelindex.com), and a proposal for a new top level domain (www.doteco.org). Big Room also provides advisory services to clients such as the GSA, UNEP, and FedEx Corporation. She co-chairs the Green Products Roundtable, a multi-stakeholder group of corporations, nonprofits, certifiers, and government who are working together to find ways to help bring clarity to the green marketplace. Dr. O’Rourke is an expert in designing information platforms that facilitate the growth of green markets and in assessing sustainability of companies, from her recent work on green products and certification systems, to prior work on cleantech venture investments, socially responsible investment metrics, and corporate and governmental environmental reporting. She has a Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.Sc. from Lund University, both in environmental management. She has lived and worked in Australia, Sweden, France, and the United States, where she currently resides.
EDWARD RAU serves as chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sustainability Innovations Working Group at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has a 30-year tour of active duty as an Environmental Health Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, continuing in civilian service with the NIH. He has served initially as chemical waste manager, advanced to chief of hazardous and solid waste management and special assistant to the director, Division Environmental Protection, NIH. Captain Rau has a bachelor’s degree in biology and an M.S. in environmental and occupational health sciences from California State University at Northridge, and a graduate certificate in hazardous materials management from the University of California, Davis.
DYLAN RICHMOND (Staff) is a research assistant for the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) at the National Academies. Before joining the Academies in the fall of 2010, he attended Georgetown University and graduated with a B.A. in economics in May 2010. While at Georgetown, Mr. Richmond was an editor for The Georgetown Voice.
JONATHAN RIFKIN is a special assistant to the director for the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP). His work in Green Procurement began approximately four years ago when he was given the opportunity to work for OCP. He has spent the last year developing a green purchasing program within the District, which continues to mature. He also serves on the District’s “DC Green Team,” which is the District’s unified effort to enact sustainable practices across the government. Most recently, he was appointed to serve as liaison to the District’s Mayor’s Sustainability Initiative, which will establish a comprehensive sustainable strategy for the District for the approaching decades. In addition, Jonathan serves on the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) Green Purchasing Work Group, which works to identify and share Green Purchasing best practices with its membership; and the Keystone Group’s Green Products Roundtable, which is a multi-stakeholder group dedicated to bringing clarity to the green marketplace and endorsing practices that simplify and maximize green purchasing efforts for Institutional Purchasers. He is fascinated by the complexities of the green marketplace and takes enormous satisfaction from the positive impact that environmentally preferable purchasing can have on his local and global world.
JOSH SAUNDERS is a nationally recognized expert on product-level sustainability and environmental certifications. Joshua is the co-founder and CEO of Greencurement, a company that provides environmental
information for institutional purchasing. At Greencurement, Joshua works with leading organizations to identify green products and make smarter purchasing decisions. Prior to Greencurement, Joshua was the senior director of business development for GoodGuide, where he was responsible for partnerships, alliances, and commercial sales. Joshua has also worked closely with a number of environmental standard setting, ecolabeling, and certification programs across a wide range of industries from electronics to building products. Joshua was a co-founder of UL Environment, a subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, where he led global operations and oversaw the environmental claims verification and sustainable products certification programs. He has been heavily involved in many sustainability initiatives, including participating in past roundtables with the National Academies and the Keystone Center as well as being a contributor to NPR’s Marketplace Report. Mr. Saunders holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurship.
YALMAZ SIDDIQUI is Office Depot’s senior director of environmental strategy. He is responsible for setting strategy, defining metrics, and driving integration of a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Under his leadership, Newsweek magazine ranked Office Depot in 2011 as the #1 greenest large retailer and the #8 greenest large U.S. company overall. Mr. Siddiqui is on the Board of Advisors of EPEAT; is the co-chair of the Green Products Roundtable, a multi-stakeholder group working on defining ‘green products’ for institutional purchasers; and was the only private sector recipient of the Responsible Purchasing Network’s 2009 Responsible Purchaser of the Year Award. He holds a master of philosophy in environment & development from the University of Cambridge, where his thesis focused on industrial ecology, life-cycle analysis, and bio-mimicry. He also has a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University in Canada.
JOSH SILVERMAN is the director of the Office of Sustainability Support at the U.S. Department of Energy. His office provides training, technical assistance, and corporate reporting and analysis support to help DOE achieve its sustainability goals. He engages in a broad spectrum of activities within DOE, including sustainable acquisition, sustainable buildings, green electronics, and toxic chemical reduction. He recently received an Achievement Award from the Secretary of Energy for helping DOE reduce fugitive emissions of potent greenhouse gases. Dr. Silverman joined DOE in 2000, after completing a dissertation at Carnegie Mellon University on environment, safety, and health practices in nuclear weapons production.
LORRIE VOGEL, general manager of Considered Design, Nike’s sustainable design team, seeks to intertwine design innovation and conservation. Through Considered Design, Ms. Vogel’s focus is to design out waste, chemicals and energy, and design in new materials and approaches. Prior to becoming the general manager, she was the innovation director for Nike Footwear, Apparel, and Equipment. Her innovative thinking has led to several new product technologies and patents. Her passion for design, innovation and sustainability together brought her to the role as a leader in bringing sustainability to all facets of Nike products. With an industrial design degree from Syracuse University, Ms. Vogel has become a leading expert in design innovation. She has worked for many companies in product design and research and development for Texas Instruments and S.G. Hauser, a top design consulting firm in Los Angeles. In early 2007 Ms. Vogel was named to Fast Company’s Fast 50, the magazine’s annual compilation of innovative companies and the “incubators of genius.” Her team’s innovative work around sustainable design has been recognized in several publications: Strategies for Sustainable Design (Adam Worbach), Green to Gold (Dan Esty), and as a M.I.T. Case Study.