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Alan Krill
Foreign Affairs Officer on the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights team in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
US Department of State
Alan Krill joined the U.S. Department of State in 2011. He currently serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer on the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights team in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; focusing on issues of conflict minerals and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Alan is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he obtained a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in human rights. Prior to his studies at SIPA, Alan worked with a human rights NGO in the Philippines, and in Baltimore with a manufacturing company. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Salisbury University.
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Aleen Bayard
Managing Partner,
Footprint Partners
Aleen Bayard, LEED Green Associate, is the Managing Partner of Footprint Partners [], a consulting practice specializing in leadership, change management and communication services for organizations committed to sustainability as a business model. Aleen also works closely with clients on the communication strategy, green messaging and branding. In addition to Footprint Partners, Aleen also is the principal of MarketZing where she provides similar expertise to clients outside of the sustainability space. Prior to forming her own business, Aleen held several management-level positions in companies, including Ketchum, A.T. Kearney, U.S. Equities Realty and Burke Warren MacKay & Serritella. Aleen has been certified in Sustainability Strategy by Natural Step and is currently studying to complete a Sustainability Certificate through the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Aleen is on the board of the University of Chicago’s Leadership & Sustainability Management certificate program [offered through the Graham School] and is on the faculty for that program. She also is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University where she teaches Organizational Change, Leadership Principles & Practices and Intro to PR.
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Alicia Culver
Executive Director,
Responsible Purchasing Network
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, public institutions, and busineses. RPN uses “the power of the purse” to promote toxics reduction, resource conservation, manufacturer responsibility, and green collar job creation, and to help government agencies, businesses and schools meet their sustainability goals. Alicia has nearly two decades of experience working in the green purchasing 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, DC. She later served as deputy director of the New Jersey Office of Sustainability and, in 2004, founded the Green Purchasing Institute. Alicia has worked directly with the procurement and environmental program staff of dozens of states, cities and school districts to demand a wide-range of cutting-edge “green” products, including certified green cleaners, asthma-safe disinfectants, low-mercury lighting equipment, rechargeable batteries, and other environmentally preferable building and maintenance supplies.
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Alison Kinn Bennett
Senior Advisor for Sustainable Products & Purchasing,
Alison Kinn Bennett is U.S. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention senior advisor for sustainable products and purchasing. She founded and co-leads two influential networks within EPA—the Green Building Workgroup and the Sustainable Products & Purchasing Network—which bring together policy and technical staff to advance holistic, life cycle-based approaches to environmental and human health protection. Since 2001, Alison has served in EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, focusing her efforts on voluntary consensus standards and specifications for greener building products and construction services. Alison is currently leading the EPA effort to propose an approach and a set of Guidelines for assessing product environmental performance standards and ecolabels for Federal procurement. Alison is also representing EPA on the advisory committees of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, the Responsible Purchasing Network, ISEAL’s Claims Guidance, and UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative.
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Allen Lew
City Administrator,
The District of Columbia
He is a highly respected manager with over 25 years of executive-level leadership as an administrator. Since his appointment in June 2007, Mr Lew has orchestrated over $1 billion of construction and renovation work on DC Public Schools. Mr. Lew is recognized as a problem solver and trouble shooter in both private and public sectors. He has served as the Executive Director of the DC Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) where he dramatically affected the school construction program in the Nation's Capital. From 2004 until 2007, Mr. Lew was the chief executive officer of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission where he managed the renovation of historic RFK Stadium and the development and construction of the new Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium. From 1996 until 2004, Mr Lew served as the managing director of the Washington Convention Center Authority where he oversaw planning, development and construction of the award-winning Washington Convention Center. Mr. Lew's reputation as an innovative executive was established in New York, where from 1986 to 1996 he served in a number of senior leadership roles at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Rose Associates, and the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation.
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Amy Perlmutter
Perlmutter Associates
Amy Perlmutter is principal at Perlmutter Associates, a consultancy that focuses on strategy, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, and other services aimed towards increasing the move to cleaner technologies. She manages the Mainstreaming Green Chemistry project for the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, as well as other projects for the GC3 and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.
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Dr. Anastasia O'Rourke
DEKRA Sustainability
Dr. Anastasia O’Rourke is a Principal at DEKRA Sustainability and is focused on sustainable purchasing, standards and products. She is the Chair Elect of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and serves on the Advisory Committee of the UNEP Sustainable Public Purchasing Initiative. Previously she co-founded Big Room Inc who run and lead the .ECO top level domain consortium. She has over 17 years experience in implementing sustainable solutions with government and industry clients in Australia, Canada, Sweden, France and the US; holds a MSC from Lund University and PhD from Yale University both in environmental management.
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Anne Jackson
Sustainability Officer
Maryland Department of General Services
Anne Jackson is the Sustainability Officer for the Maryland Department of General Services and responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring, and promotion of the Department’s Sustainability Program, as well as ongoing performance reporting to StateStat, Governor Martin O'Malley’s state government management accountability and efficiency program. As staff to the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, Anne develops specifications and outreach programs and is currently working on a sustainable purchasing reporting framework for state agencies. Anne's background is in the architecture industry. Prior to her current position, she was a designer and project manager for an international architecture firm and oversaw the certification of 13 LEED projects.
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Barbara McCutchan
Fellow, Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability
Virginia Tech
Barbara McCutchan is a sustainability expert with 20-plus years of experience in the packaging and forestry industry sector. She has a strong record as a catalyst for change in corporate responsibility and global sustainability, including responsible sourcing with attention to both environmental and social issues. Barbara is a Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech, teaching in the Executive Master of Natural Resource Program. She is an instructor for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Business Ecosystem Training (BET). She is a Senior Associate with Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) providing management consulting for the packaging value chain.

Previously, Barbara was Director, Enterprise Stewardship & Sustainability for MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), notably responsible for MWV being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for five consecutive years. Before having corporate responsibilities for sustainability, Barbara’s research areas for Westvaco Corporation were in loblolly pine tree genetics for the purpose of increasing forest productivity in southeastern US and Brazil. Barbara’s current research interests include embedding sustainability into organizations, and the intersection of development and conservation, particularly in Brazil, understanding the synergisms that partnerships can promote.

Barbara received her Ph.D. in Forestry and Statistics from NCSU, Raleigh, NC, her Master of Science in Forestry also from NCSU, and her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, CA.
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Beth Eckl
Director, Environmental Purchasing Program,
Practice Greenhealth
Beth Eckl is Director of the Environmental Purchasing Program for Practice Greenhealth. She provides consulting, education and training services on environmental purchasing to purchasers in health care systems and hospitals and works closely with Group Purchasing Organizations. Beth has over 20 years of environmental purchasing experience both as a consultant, leading implementation of purchasing strategies with over a dozen government agencies, and as a manager of one of the earliest programs in the country to include environmental criteria in the supply chain process for Alameda County’s General Services Agency in Oakland, California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Energy, Environmental Science and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Betty Cremmins
Senior Manager, Supply Chain,
Betty Cremmins, Senior Manager of CDP’s Supply Chain program, works with Walmart and other leading corporations to support the integration of climate change and water disclosure and action into standard purchasing practice. Previously, she offered guidance and support to thousands of companies responding to CDP’s annual Climate Change, Water and Forests information requests. She has a background in carbon footprinting, green-building and environmental policy. Betty has worked on climate change mitigation projects around the world, from the US Gulf Coast to sub-Saharan Africa to Antarctica. She holds a BA from New York University, a MPA in Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia University and is a LEED AP.
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Bjorn Claeson
Senior Policy Analyst,
International Labor Rights Forum
Bjorn Skorpen Claeson, Ph.D., is a Senior Policy Analyst at International Labor Rights Forum. He also serves as Executive Director for the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, a collaboration of US state and local governments that seek to buy apparel made in decent working conditions, and advisor to Electronics Watch, a European public entity monitoring consortium for the electronics industry. Mr. Claeson was a founder of SweatFree Communities.
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Brennan Conaway
Procurement Analyst,
General Services Administration
Brennan Conaway is a Procurement Analyst with the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. Mr. Conaway previously worked as a Contract Specialist and a Contracting Officer for GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule program, the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Blanket Purchasing Agreements, and other contract vehicles. Mr. Conaway has led GSA's efforts to better understand the environmental impacts associated with federal expenditure. The first study analyzed a full year of federal spend and prioritized product/service categories by overall environmental impact. The results have given federal agencies the capability to prioritize their green purchasing. The second study used a screening IO LCA approach to analyze 6 sectors to better understand the sources of their impacts to inform GSA's procurement related decisions. The results of this study have provided GSA with strategic approach to mitigate impacts within those 6 sectors in the short and long term.
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Briar Schoon
Interim Sustainability Manager
Portland Community College
Briar Schoon is the Interim Sustainability Manager for Portland Community College, where she supports college-wide sustainability initiatives and also teaches Intro to Environmental Sustainability for the Environmental Studies program. She previously held the role of Sustainability Analyst for the school. She holds a BA and MA from the School of Sustainability as well as a BS in Justice Studies, all from Arizona State University.
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Catherine Benoit Norris
VP Social Sustainability,
Social Hotspots Database/ New Earth
Catherine Benoît Norris is the VP Social Sustainability at New Earth where she directs the Social Hotspots Database project and provides advisory services to practitioners and firms. Catherine has extensive experience in developing and evaluating methods and tools for supply chain social sustainability assessment. She directed and coordinated research for several highly praised sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium). She has assessed supply chain social impacts and advised strategic development and engagement with global corporations in several sectors including mining and metals, retail, consumer products and agriculture. She also brings years of expertise in sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders.
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Charleen Fain-Keslar
Standards and Quality Control Manager,
California Department of General Services
Charleen Fain-Keslar as the Standards & Quality Control Manager for the Department of General Services Procurement Division, is responsible for the direct support of major corporate centralized procurement functions including the development of standards and specifications, quality control and oversight of California’s environmentally preferable purchasing program. In collaborative partnerships with government and environmental organizations the State uses procurements to leverage industry in providing products that minimize health and environmental impacts and promote responsible manufacturing. Charleen has over twenty-three 23 years of state service with extensive experience in material and products testing, product research, pioneering a statewide chemical hygiene program, oversight of a statewide hazardous materials and waste management program and procurement engineering. Recently her work includes assisting California’s Governor’s Office of Planning and Research on implementation of the Zero Emission Vehicle and the Green Building initiatives.
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Chrissy Macken
Director of Programs,
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
As Program Director, Chrissy Macken leads and manages the core program activities of the Council, including both short-term projects such as the Principles and Landscape Scan and longer-term efforts including the proposed rating system. Macken comes to SPLC from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) where she served as Program Manager for LEED v4, which launched in November, 2013. LEED v4 includes many new concepts such as life cycle assessment, eco-­labels, multi-­attribute assessment, and social and economic sourcing considerations. Macken brings her knowledge of each of these concepts as well as significant expertise in leading consensus-based development processes along strict, rigorous, and transparent standards, all of which are highly relevant to the work of SPLC. Additionally, Macken has contributed significantly as the United States’ representative on a fifteen-­member International Advisory Panel in a joint venture between the World Green Building Council and the Green Building Council of South Africa, tasked with creating socio-­economic indicators for the developing world.
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Christina Simon
Corporate Program Manager for Supply Chain Sustainability,
Lockheed Martin
Christina Simon is the Corporate Program Manager for Supply Chain Sustainability for Lockheed Martin. In a supply chain career spanning sixteen years, she is currently responsible for building sustainable supplier capacity by partnering with her supply base to reduce adverse environmental impacts, to promote human rights, health, safety and ethical behavior, and to enable responsible supplier growth and raise standards. She works with the various Lockheed Martin business areas to ensure their supply chain sustainability needs are met. In 2013, Christina was awarded the Lockheed Martin Global Supply Chain Operations Key Link Award, and previously was recipient of both the Lockheed Martin Corporate Shared Services Keystone Award and the Global Supply Chain Management Award.
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Dan Pleshko
VP, Aeronautics Quality Transformation
Lockheed Martin
Dan Pleshko is a member of SPLC's founding Board of Directors. Before assuming leadership of Quality Transformation in Lockheed Martin's largest business unit, Mr. Pleshko served as Corporate Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations. Lockheed Martin Corporation’s supply chain spans 29,000 suppliers, over $26B in spend, and has 4000 supply chain professionals. Mr. Pleshko brings over 28 years of experience from a variety of industries and global market segmentations. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mr. Pleshko was Chief Supply Chain Officer at Goodrich Corporation, an aerospace company. Mr. Pleshko also worked for Flextronics International, a global electronics manufacturing services company, where he served as Vice President of Global Commodity Management, and Chief Operating Officer of Flextronics Global Procurement LTD, responsible for all suppliers across $15B in spend and the associated profit and loss. Mr. Pleshko also worked for Compaq Computer Corporation for 12 years, with his last position as Corporate Vice President of Global Procurement.
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Dan Tangherlini
US General Services Administration
Dan M. Tangherlini was sworn in as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on July 5, 2013, following his 15 months of service as the Acting Administrator of GSA. Since joining the agency, he has served a vital role in President Barack Obama’s agenda to build a more sustainable, responsible and effective government for the American people. GSA is responsible for improving the government’s workplace by managing assets, delivering maximum value in acquisitions, preserving historic property, and implementing technology solutions. Before joining GSA, Tangherlini was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2009 to serve as Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Performance Officer. Tangherlini also served as the agency’s Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. From 2006 to 2009, Tangherlini also served as Washington, DC’s City Administrator and Deputy Mayor. Tangherlini also served as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) from June 2000 to February 2006.
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Debbie Jaslow Shatz
Sourcing Specialist
Bloomberg LP
With more than 30 years’ experience in the facilities and procurement industries, Debbie Jaslow Shatz has many accomplishments to her credit, including the designing, building, and maintaining of innovative, trendsetting and award-winning facilities. She has spent the past decade at Bloomberg working on the procurement team lending her expertise at implementing quotes, proposals and information requests, as well as, negotiating and contracting processes. Debbie supports Bloomberg’s sustainability team initiatives and assisted in developing global green policies. She created and maintains the firm’s Global Environmental Preferred Purchasing Guide for Procurement and acts as a resource for the sustainability team by guiding colleagues in various departments on meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements and helping the facilities team implement LEED project policies and procedures. Debbie is a Past President and founding member of the New York City Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), she also belongs to The Institute for Supply Management-New York (ISM-New York), Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and leads Bloomberg's Founders Circle membership in the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC).
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Denise Kearns
Environmental Protection Specialist,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; SmartWay Transport Partnership
Denise Kearns has over 20 years experience working in environmental policy, transportation management, communications and public outreach. In her career with EPA she has served in a number of key positions, holding program management responsibility in the agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, conducting communications and outreach with the freight industry in support of the SmartWay program, a public/private partnership aimed at improving efficiencies in the goods movement industry, as a press officer in the Administrator’s Office of Public Affairs, and as a program analyst in EPA’s pollution prevention office. She has extensive experience communicating the value and benefits of sustainability through her work with SmartWay, in public affairs and based on a deep and professional commitment to protecting the environment and using resources efficiently. Denise also is involved with a number of civic and charitable organizations back home in Michigan. She holds a B.FA. in Communications from Wayne State University, and has completed several graduate level courses in business management, environmental policy, and public administration over the years.
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Derek Przybylo
Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Practice
Ernst & Young
Derek has more than seven years of experience managing organizational sustainability programs, analyzing and developing environmental and energy policy, and conducting environmental and energy analysis. At EY, Derek supports organizations with regulatory compliance and the integration of sustainability into organiztional operations, planning, and performance management processes. Prior to Ernst & Young, Derek served as special advisor to the Senior Sustainability Officer at the United States General Services Administration (GSA), where he was responsible for developing sustainability policies; assessing energy and environmental technologies and programs; externally reporting GSA sustainability metrics; reporting and assessing GHG and energy performance for over 1,200 federal buildings; developing recommendations for greening the federal supply chain; and developing the annual agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Derek has extensive experience with sustainability strategy, environmental and energy economics, carbon accounting, technology evaluation, and life cycle assessment.
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Erin Stanforth
Sustainability Manager,
Portland Community College
Erin Stanforth is the Sustainability Manager at Portland Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the US with 83,000 students. Erin has been with PCC for over five years, and previously worked as the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for PCC Rock Creek campus. Erin received her BA from Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development and Sustainable Business MBA from Marylhurst University.
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Farid Yaker
Programme Officer, Sustainable Public Procurement,
United Nations Environment Programme
Farid Yaker is in charge of sustainable public procurement (SPP) at the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology Economics and Industry, Paris. He manages the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme which was recently launched in New York. Farid Yaker is also in charge of a project aimed at assisting 17 countries in the implementation of SPP. Mr Yaker taught Agricultural economics at the University of Blida, Algeria from 1988 to 1990 before joining the international NGO Enda (Environmental development action) after the Rio summit that he attended in 1992. After managing an international programme on the promotion of participatory approaches in the field of urban environment from 1994 to 1999, Mr Yaker took the direction of the European office of Enda from 2000 to 2007 before joining UNEP in 2008. Mr Yaker holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis.
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Hodayah Finman
Senior Advisor for International Organizations, Office of Global Affairs and Policy
US Environmental Protection Agency
Ms. Hodayah Finman is the Senior Adviser for International Organizations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she is responsible for leading the Agency’s broad multilateral engagements. Currently, Ms. Finman and her team are focused on advancing sustainability policies/projects through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); promoting better collection and use of environmental indicators through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Statistical Commission; fostering collaboration on best practices to reduce black carbon through the Arctic Council, where she serves as the U.S. head of Delegation for the Council’s Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) and the recently launched Project Support Instrument (PSI), a new multilateral arctic trust fund and; advancing environmentally preferable shipping standards in the Arctic through the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She previously worked at the Department of State on chemical and waste multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Ms. Finman holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Columbia University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Johns Hopkins University. She serves as the United States focal point for the 10 year Framework of Programmes (10YF) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), focusing in particular on international cooperation on sustainable purchasing initiatives.
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Holly Fowler
Co-founder & CEO,
Northbound Ventures
Holly Fowler is the Co-founder & CEO of Northbound Ventures, LLC, a Somerville, MA-based advisory firm specializing in building sustainable communities and food systems with institutions, organizations, entrepreneurs, and investors.
From 2008-2013, Holly served as the Senior Director of Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility for Sodexo North America, the world’s second largest contracted food and facilities management services company. In that role, she led development and deployment of best practices for carbon and energy reduction, water conservation, waste minimization, sustainable food and materials sourcing, and client engagement for 6,500 client locations encompassing FORTUNE 500 businesses, national health care networks, colleges and universities, public K-12 schools, government agencies, and cultural destinations. Holly has designed and facilitated 20 major sustainability seminars, presented as a subject matter expert at numerous industry conferences, and collaborated with key product manufacturers, NGOs, academics, and others to lead sustainable change.
Holly holds an MBA from Babson College, a BA from Bowdoin College, and a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems Leadership from the University of Vermont.
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James Fava
Chief Sustainability Strategist,
Dr. James Fava is Chief Sustainability Strategist for PE INTERNATIONAL, Inc. He was previously co-founder of Five Winds international. He regularly leads strategic consulting engagements to help firms identify actions to improve their sustainable business performance by applying strategies, software, tools, and content to enhance their operations, business processes and products. He is founder of the SETAC LCA Advisory Group and headed the U.S. delegation in the development of ISO LCA standards. He is currently chair of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and served on the World Resources Institute (WRI) / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Steering Committee for the Scope 3 and Product GHG Protocol efforts. For nearly 20 years, he has directed (and founded) the Product Sustainability Roundtable (PSRT - whose mission is to improve the performance of member companies by providing support and benchmarking and best practice advice to their product-oriented programs.
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Japen Tal Hollist
2nd Vice President
Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Japen Hollist is 2nd Vice President for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. In this role, Hollist leads the Fortune 118 Company’s procurement efforts while ensuring Aflac’s responsible relationship with external suppliers. He joined Aflac in 2006, working as a Project Manager in IT and then as a Consultant in Strategic Partnerships. Hollist is a US Army Reserve Officer, where he has served as a commander of Air Assault Infantry and Drill Sergeant Units. He has worked as a contract project manager for DeVry Inc; as a business development manager and alliance manager for two dotcom startups; as a financial advisor for American Express Financial Advisors and for New England Financial (a MetLife subsidiary), where he also sold Aflac insurance. Mr. Hollist spent two years as a full-time missionary in Veracruz, Mexico, where he developed a cultural appreciation and functional ability to converse in Spanish. He is the company’s primary representative to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where Aflac is both a member and sponsor. A graduate of the Harvard University Extension School with a master’s degree focusing on corporate sustainability, Japen has also earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in geography from Brigham Young University.
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Jason Pearson
Executive Director,
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Jason is an experienced non-profit executive, strategist, and facilitator who has led the creation of several successful initiatives related to green products. As President & CEO of GreenBlue he grew multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives in a number of sectors, including the Sustainable Packaging Coalition for packaging and CleanGredients for chemical products. Since 2010, Jason’s consultancy, TRUTHstudio, has provided strategy, visualization, and facilitation support to organizations working in the public interest, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the Green Products Roundtable. Each engagement has focused on developing effective, long-term sustainability strategies that connect a specific action plan with larger objectives. Jason has a deep understanding of the market dynamics related to business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and business-to-government green product purchasing. Jason has held previous positions in government, non-profit, foundation, and private sectors. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees with highest honors from Princeton University.
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Jessica Rosman
Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability,
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Marrying diversity and sustainability into her sourcing role, Rosman leads Caesars’ efforts in identifying, recruiting and positioning a diverse group of entrepreneurs to grow their business in innovative ways. Additionally, Rosman leads the strategy around the company’s development of Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative to encourage suppliers to mitigate their environmental impact. As a Las Vegas native, Rosman takes pride in the community. She is on the board of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council for the Western Region, for the new Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council and the Las Vegas Water Conservation Coalition. She earned her MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management- CSGE program focusing on developing sustainable global enterprise and a bachelor’s in International Development Studies from UCLA. In 2007, Rosman was selected as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico to further her work making Mexican companies.
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Joan Namahana Kerr
Director of Supplier Sustainability and Diversity
Joan Kerr is PG&E’s Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability. Under her leadership, PG&E has more than doubled its annual spend with diverse business enterprises, to over $2.3 billion in 2103. Joan is an active participant in the Electric Utility Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance where she served as lead of the Governance Sub-Committee. PG&E’s Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Program conducted the first comprehensive supply chain carbon emissions mapping in the utility sector, which set the Environmental Management Standards for its top tier suppliers. The mapping exercise had a 100% response rate to its annual supplier sustainability survey. Sustainability is incorporated in PG&E’s RFPs, formal Supplier Scorecards and the Supplier Code of Conduct. Joan's team has also completed a supply chain sustainability map for all key products and services to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve PG&E’s sustainability profile. At the end of 2013, Kerr received the Prestigious WBE Hall of Fame Award for her tireless work advocating on behalf of women business owners.
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Joel Tickner
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Sustainability
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Dr. Joel Tickner is Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also a Principal Investigator at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. His training is in toxics chemicals policy, epidemiology, risk assessment, and pollution prevention. He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, non-profit environmental groups and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad during the past ten years. He was co-coordinator of the Wingspread Conference on the Precautionary Principle, co-editor of the book Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle and editor of the bookPrecaution, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Policy. He has authored or directed numerous reports and articles documenting the need and vision of sustainable chemicals management policy in the United States.
Dr. Tickner has presented and published for several years on the topics of pollution prevention, risk assessment, toxic chemicals policy, and uncertainty and the precautionary principle. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell. For three years, he was honored as an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow. The University of Massachusetts awarded him the President's Award for public service in 2005.
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Jonathan Rifkin
Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator,
District of Columbia
Jonathan Rifkin is the Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator for the District of Columbia. He has five years of procurement experience, and has been working in the Sustainable Space for about four most of that time. He on the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, a member of the NASPO Green Purchasing Committee, and a member of the EPEAT Advisory Council.
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Judy Gearhart
Executive Director,
International Labor Rights Forum
Judy Gearhart is the Executive Director of ILRF since March 2011. Judy is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs, teaching the course Human Rights and Development Policy since 2002. Previously, Judy served as the Program Director at Social Accountability International (SAI) where she led research on voluntary labor standards and coordinated training programs for workers and trade unions on how to use codes conduct to claim their rights at work. Prior to SAI, Judy worked on democratization, women’s rights and labor rights programs for Mexican NGOs, UNICEF-Honduras and the ILO’s International Program to Eradicate Child Labor (IPEC). Judy holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
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Karen Cook
Sustainability Project Manager,
County of Alameda
Karen Cook has led Alameda County, California’s green purchasing program for the last 5 years, greening tens of millions of dollars of bids for this 9000-employee organization, serving on national product standard development workgroups, participating in regional green purchasing collaborations and hosting a Green Purchasing Roundtable for local agencies to promote regional action. Prior to that she spent nearly a decade advancing green building operations, waste reduction, and recycling for local government and in the private sector.
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Karen Hamilton
Environmental Purchasing Program Manager,
King County Procurement and Contract Services
Karen Hamilton is the Environmental Purchasing Program Manager for King County Procurement and Contract Services in Seattle, Washington. Under her leadership, King County agencies are institutionalizing the purchase of many environmentally preferable products and realizing fiscal, environmental and social benefits in the process. Her program has won numerous awards and has been presented as a model for other jurisdictions in various publications and at national and international conferences. King County is a founding member of the Responsible Purchasing Network and the newly established Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
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Karen Leitner
Group Manager, Contracts & Business Services,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Karen Leitner is a Group Manager in Contracts and Business Services for the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. (Operating and Managing Contractor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Department of Energy). Karen has 20+ years’ experience in procurement/acquisition and business services. Karen was hired by NREL in 2007 to develop terms and conditions, policies, procedures and guidelines to implement the first-time use of the design-build delivery method for the NREL campus build-out project with a program valued at $400M. Through the procurement process, Karen also supports the research & development and commercialization of renewable energy technologies. Karen’s past procurement experience includes Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Park Service. Karen was the recipient of the “Distinguished Leadership” award from the Design-Build Institute of America in 2011.
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Kathy McDuffie
Vice President - Supply Chain,
Kathy McDuffie, CPM, CPSD, is the Vice President - Supply Chain at Interface in LaGrange, Ga. -- the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet. Since beginning with Interface in 1986, Kathy has successfully led many areas of the business including Planning, Customer Service, Distribution and Quality Assurance during her career.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tift College of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and an MBA from LaGrange (Ga.) College, where she was named the Outstanding Master’s Business Student in 2001.
Kathy is married to Craig McDuffie and they have a grown son, Benjamin. She enjoys playing on her farm with her pet Simmental cows and her dog, Buddy.
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Kevin Lyons
Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management
Rutgers School of Business
Dr. Lyons conducts research on developing and integrating global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes. His research work includes the environmental and economic impacts on raw material extraction, logistics, manufacturing, consumption, consumer of multiple products and services research, designing and implementing local, national and international environmental economic development systems, waste-to-energy systems and environmental and sustainable social policy and financial impact forecasting (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley Corporate Social and Environmental Impact Reporting). He has also created the supply chain archeology and supply chain waste archeology research disciplines and has researched and written extensively on conducting environmental health-checks on global supply chains and the resulting benefits of reduced risk management impacts and costs. Before taking up teaching and research full-time, Kevin worked for thirty years in procurement at Rutgers University, starting as a buyer and rising to serve for seven years at the university's chief procurement officer.
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Libby Bernick
Senior Vice President,
Libby Bernick is Sr. Vice President at Trucost, and manages the company's North American business. Ms. Bernick has been working on the development of more sustainable products and standards for over 15 years, and was a member of the steering committee of the Green Products Roundtable. Trucost's patented EIO LCA model provides a rapid supply chain assessment and has been used to quantify over the environmental impacts of over $100B in spend and 500,000 suppliers. Trucost was a member of the technical work group, and assisted in the development of the Scope 3 supply chain prioritization methods in the WRI/GHG Corporate Value Chain Accounting Standard.
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Lynne Olson
Sr. Program Leader,
Lynne Olson has been part of the Ecolab team for over 20 years. During that time she managed both the Laundry Product Development and the Corporate Technical Service teams and hold several individual and team patents. She spent two and a half years as part of the first Ecolab wave of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt process improvement team. After her LSS work she was part of the team that defined and deployed the Ecolab Corporate Sustainability team. This team defines the global corporate Sustainability strategy, and develops and provides Ecolab business units with resources, tools and training around the corporate sustainability initiatives. Lynne's role on the team is focused on Product Responsibility initiatives.
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Maggie Comstock
Policy Analyst,
U.S. Green Building Council
Maggie Comstock is a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Green Building Council working on global green building policy and market development. She currently serves as a Regional Representative for North America to the United Nations Environment Programme and has extensive experience working on environmental and climate policy both domestically and abroad through her time working in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, UK Parliament, and Irish Parliament. Maggie holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, focusing on international carbon markets and their implications for developing countries.
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Mark Rossolo
Public Affairs Director,
UL Environment
Mark Rossolo leads UL Environment's strategic outreach and advocacy efforts, representing ULE on the national, state, and local levels and campaigning on behalf of the organization to drive public awareness about sustainability and green product issues. Additionally, Mark is a sought after resource on green building and sustainable procurement and has given speeches and training sessions all over world on indoor air quality, energy efficiency and sustainability in general. Mark also directs ULE’s engagement in key standards development processes globally and has an in-depth knowledge of all major green building codes and standards, including: LEED, BREEAM (UK), IgCC, ASHREA 189.1 & 90.1, Green Globes, DGNB (Germany) and Three Star (China). Mark currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, Advisory Board for the Healthy Facilities Institute, Steering Committee for the Sustainable Purchasing Council and recently concluded a 2-year term on the Board of Directors for the Interior Design Collaborative-OR.
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Mary Ann Remolador
Assistant Director,
Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
Mary Ann Remolador has worked with the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc for the last 18 years. During that time she has administered EPPnet--a national listserv dedicated to purchasing environmentally preferable products; has managed numerous projects involving the purchases of schools, towns, and businesses; as well as a business peer-to-peer purchasing project.
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Mary Singer
CRG Sustainable Solutions
Mary Singer, CCIM, CPM, is the founder and CEO of CRG SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS LLC, and a specialist in the areas of corporate sustainability planning, management, and reporting. Primarily focused on women- and minority-owned companies, she extends her consulting practice to the key strategic areas of efficiency, supply chain, and risk exposure for small-to-medium sized businesses and nonprofits. Borrowing from the established models used by larger corporations, Mary’s strength is in breaking down the broad, complex conversations around sustainability into transferable opportunity, and mobilizing companies around employee engagement and community involvement. Drawing on her 27 years of experience as President of Commercial Realty Group (CRG) in Memphis and working with businesses to build strong environmental footprints through energy efficient transactions, Mary embraced the 3BL (triple bottom line) approach to maximizing profits and launched CRG Sustainable Solutions in 2009 with an environmental stewardship mission. A natural community builder, Mary shares in the social and educational platforms that keep people connected and focused on best-fit solutions around human and natural resources. She draws inspiration from affecting positive change in the communities where facilities are located, and the economic possibilities that companies can generate at the grassroots level. Through her involvement with various organizations, most notably the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), and its regional affiliate, WBEC South, Mary is at the forefront of advancing the business and leadership goals of professional women.
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Meghan Chapple-Brown
Director, Office of Sustainability
George Washington University
Meghan Chapple-Brown coordinates operational activities University-wide under a collaborative plan that aims to maximize George Washington's environmental efficiency at its two campuses in Washington, D.C., and its campus in Ashburn, Va. She also works with the GW Office of Planning and Environmental Management to help create a comprehensive climate neutrality plan, and works with an academic task force looking at innovative curriculum in the vast field of sustainability. Previously, Chapple-Brown served as the director of client services at SustainAbility, advising companies such as Ford Motor Company, Nike, Wal-Mart, and Eli Lilly. She specializes in the relationship among sustainable futures, organizational strategy, and market innovation. Chapple-Brown has worked around the world. She also has expertise in emerging economies, which is founded on her previous projects in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina with organizations including the Dow Growth Center, World Resources Institute, and Public Allies. Chapple-Brown currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan.
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Michael Murphy
Executive Director, Global Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs
Dell Inc.
Michael is Executive Director of Global Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs for Dell Inc. In this role, he is responsible for leading operations of Dell’s global team of regulations/standards engineers, strategic planning of global regulations and standards engagement, and overseeing Dell’s Design for Environment and Product Lifecycle Assessment programs. He provides global governance for environmental, regulatory, and safety compliance of all Dell products. He has a passion for increasing Dell’s sustainable product and packaging leadership across its entire portfolio, and is one of the primary authors of Dell’s annual Corporate Responsibility report ( and regularly engages customers on the sustainability value proposition of Information Communications Technology. He is a board member of Keep Austin Beautiful, Strategic Advisory Council of SPLC member, and manages board relationships with of The Sustainability Consortium EPEAT, TGG, HDPUG, ITIC-ELC, and iNEMI.
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Michelle Dusseau Diller, PE
Sustainable Design Project Manager,
HDR Architecture
Michelle Dusseau Diller, PE is a materials and environmental engineer experienced in sustainable design strategies, materials selection, and regulatory policy interpretation and enforcement. Her current position is as a sustainable design project manager for HDR, one of the A/E firms leading the charge to require product declarations for products specified in their designs. She leads the integrative design effort for her firm's projects and also oversees third-party rating system certifications for these projects.
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Nancy Wahl-Scheurich
LittleFootprint Lighting
Nancy Wahl-Scheurich founded LittleFootprint Lighting, a manufacturer of energy-saving task lighting made in the USA from recycled e-waste in 2009. She has direct, personal experience with the challenge, especially to small business, of selling sustainable products to large organizations, both commercial and government.
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Pierre-François Thaler
Pierre-François brings 15 years experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations. He was previously CEO of B2Build SA the 1st B2B marketplace for the European construction industry. Prior to joining EcoVadis, he was a director of Ariba Procurement BPO business. He's a frequent lecturer on Sustainable Procurement and the author of multiple studies in this area. Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supelec and a MBA from Insead.
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J. Renée Morin
President, North America
Renée Morin Renée Morin, President of PRé in North America, leads the North American team in providing product, supply chain, and life cycle management services to leading industry clients. Renée is a sustainability specialist with over fifteen years of climate change, life cycle assessment, and sustainability strategy consulting experience both internationally and domestically. Throughout her career, Renée has built strong relationships with multi-national corporate clients in the financial, manufacturing, and agriculture sectors. She has effectively led her team through numerous greenhouse gas inventories, carbon product footprints, and life cycle assessments resulting in identifying carbon, energy, and cost savings for her clients. Renée focuses on translating traditional sustainability efforts into a business context to ensure programs are integrated and “sustainable”.
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Sam Hummel
Director of Outreach and Operations,
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Sam leads the outreach, development, member engagement and operations activities of the Council. As one of the first employees of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Sam helped grow that organization from 145 members to more than 1,100 members in six years. AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System provides guidance and recognition to institutions of higher education for sustainability leadership, including in their purchasing activities. Sam has direct experience with the implementation of sustainable purchasing in large institutions. Between 2003-2006, he created and oversaw the green purchasing program for Duke University & Health System while working as the university’s first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Vice President. His work in responsible purchasing began as a member of Duke Students Against Sweatshops, working successfully with Duke Stores to implement a supplier code of conduct, supplier disclosure agreements, and labor rights auditing and grievance mechanisms for the university's apparel licensing.
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Sangwon Suh, Ph.D.
Sangwon Suh, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and President of IERS that he founded in 2005. Dr. Suh has been a member of the ISO Technical Committee 207, WRI/WBCSD working group on Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its Assessment Report 5 published in April 2014. Since 2000 Dr. Suh developed and maintained CEDA database and led a number of large-scale LCA, organizational footprinting and spend analysis projects including the recent effort by the General Service Administration (GSA) to quantify and prioritize the environmental impacts associated with over $800 billion US federal spending. He led the development of a new, sustainable spend analysis tool, VitalMetrics. Dr. Suh received the Laudise Prize, Leontief Memorial Prize, and Sir Richard Stone Prize.
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Seema Wadhwa
Director of Sustainability,
Inova Health System
Ms. Seema Wadhwa created and oversees the Sustainability Division at Urban Ltd. where she develops and implements environmentally sustainable strategies for the healthcare industry. Current projects include the Director of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) and the Director of Sustainability for Inova Health System. Ms. Wadhwa oversees organizational sustainability strategic planning, sustainable operational management and stakeholder engagement. In her role with HHI, Ms. Wadhwa leads a team in engaging and empowering over 900 hospitals in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. Ms. Wadhwa’s leadership includes co-authoring the first book on environmental sustainability for healthcare leadership, featured publications on sustainability and guest speaking at national industry venues.
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Stacey Foreman
Sustainable Procurement Coordinator,
City of Portland, Oregon
As the City of Portland, Oregon's Sustainable Procurement Coordinator for the past 11 years, Stacey Foreman has first-hand experience integrating "green" product and service specifications into public procurement solicitations. She understands the opportunities and constraints that exist within public procurement processes/regulations and how those affect integrating sustainability into solicitation documents.
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Stephan Sylvan
Senior Policy Advisor,
Stephan is Senior Policy Advisor with EPA where he co-leads initiatives on sustainable purchasing. Stephan previously served in the White House Council on Environmental Quality as Deputy Associate Director for Sustainable Manufacturing. Stephan started at EPA in 1994 as a climate policy advisor. In the 1990s, Stephan’s team launched ENERGY STAR® Home Electronics, directed the first integrated national marketing campaign to build the ENERGY STAR brand, and helped "franchise" ENERGY STAR to the EU. His teams launched Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2001, assisted with the launch of SmartWay Transport in 2002, and advised the launch of WaterSense in 2006. Stephan also played a variety of roles in the Green Products Roundtable leading to the launch of SPLC. Stephan co-developed one of the first LEED-certified condo buildings and worked for the Swedish government, the American Wind Energy Association, Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process. Stephan’s first career was in IT where he led R&D teams for AT&T and Kodak. Stephan holds a B.S. in engineering from Purdue and a master of public policy from Harvard.
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Susanne Fratzscher
Project Lead,
the re:sustain project
Susanne Fratzscher is an accomplished renewable energy and sustainability professional leading the RE:SUSTAIN PROJECT to promote innovative corporate strategies to initiate and finance carbon reduction best practices.
As Senior Advisor, Renewable Energy at WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative she extended the World Wildlife Fund’s expertise in renewable energy, developing guidance on the voluntary green power market and advising WWF’s corporate partners on best practices. Representing WWF on the WindMade Technical Committee, Susanne also helped further develop and review the standards and label portfolio of the first global labeling program for renewable energy use in companies, consumer products and services.
Before joining WWF in 2012, Susanne was the Managing Director of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Montreal, advising European companies on market trends and business development strategies in Canada in priority areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency and environmental technologies. With her team she led marketing platforms and outreach initiatives to policymakers, industry, NGOs and consumers on innovative renewables and efficiency policies and technologies. Susanne is a German and Canadian national and is passionate about biking, cross-country skiing, dancing, and outdoor activities with her family.
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Susan Robinson
Federal Public Affairs Director
Waste Management
Federal Public Affairs Director for Waste Management. Susan Robinson has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. She brokered plastic from the PNW, helped implement recycling programs in the West and since joining Waste Management in1999, Susan has been instrumental in the company’s implementation of cutting edge new recycling programs throughout the Western U.S. She is currently supports the company’s public policy efforts associated with materials management technologies. Susan is on the Board of Directors of Ameripen, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association. She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington, and holds degrees in Applied Earth Sciences and English. Her Masters work in Environmental Studies is from the Evergreen State College.
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Tim Reeve
Reeve Consulting
Tim Reeve is an expert in sustainable supply chains and has worked in this field for twenty-five years. He has advised academic institutions, Olympic Games, and municipalities across North America and beyond to deliver successful sustainability strategies and programs. Tim is also the co-founder and lead instructor for the BuySmart Network and the lead facilitator for the Canadian Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MCSP) group. Tim's workshops are tailored to suit all different learning styles and incorporates lectures, dialogue, online components, worksheets, and follow-ups to help Directors of Sustainability and Supply Chain Managers maximize the effectiveness of their sustainable supply chain programs.
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Warren Lavey
Senior Regulatory Council,
American Clean Skies Foundation
Warren Lavey is Senior Regulatory Counsel at American Clean Skies Foundation and adjunct professor at University of Illinois. His focus is on clean energy solutions, especially environmental preferences in procurements of freight and package delivery services. He earned advanced degrees in law, economics and applied mathematics.
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Yalmaz Siddiqui
Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy
Office Depot
Yalmaz Siddiqui is the Chair of SPLC's founding Board of Directors. He is Office Depot's Senior Director of Environmental and Supplier Diversity Strategy. He is responsible for setting strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Yalmaz's internal role is to initiate, facilitate and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot's core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders. Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. Before IBM, he was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on the forest, paper and packaging industries.