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Aaron Smith
Director Sustainable Building Solutions,
ASSA ABLOY
Aaron Smith is the Director of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. He is responsible for embedding sustainability into every facet of the innovative culture at ASSA ABLOY. He also researches and addresses trends and opportunities around sustainability and leads the companies vision for delivering sustainable product innovation, sustainable operations and supply chain management and operational excellence to drive sustainable leadership for the ASSA ABLOY Group. Aaron also oversees his company’s Environmental and Health Product Declaration program driving life cycle assessment and product transparency across the organization. He also serves as the manufacturer representative and board treasurer for the Health Product Declaration Collaborative; serves on the Board of Trustees for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and is an EMBA Candidate, Class of 2016, Yale School of Management.
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Adam Jones
Procurement Analyst,
Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Office of Acquisition Management
US General Services Administration
Adam Jones is a Procurement Analyst with the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Office of Acquisition Management. Since 2009, he has been involved in a variety of sustainable acquisition policy and education initiatives, including co-managing the Green Procurement Compilation website and helping develop the GSA Green Purchasing Plan. Prior to serving in this role, Adam was a Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer in the FAS Office of General Supplies and Services for 7 years. Adam has a Level III certification under the FAC-C program and is designated as a Certified Federal Contracts Manager by the National Contract Management Association.
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Aleen Bayard
Sustainability Consultant,
Jones Lang LaSalle
Aleen Bayard, LEED Green Associate, is the Managing Partner of Footprint Partners [www.footprintpartners.net], 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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Amy Perlmutter
Principal,
Perlmutter Associates
Amy is currently an independent consultant with a practice that uses stakeholder engagement, communications, partnership building, and strategy to work towards a greener economy. Amy is a Fellow at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, where she leads their Clean Tech Initiative. Amy Perlmutter is principal at Perlmutter Associates, a consultancy that focuses on strategy, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, green career mentoring and other services aimed towards building a greener economy. Prior to starting her own practice, she was a leader in the recycling field, having started some of the early recycling programs in New Jersey, leading San Francisco’s recycling program through significant growth from 1986-1992, and serving as executive director of the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development in Massachusetts from 1995-2002. Amy is a Fellow at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts.
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Amy Smith
Manager, Wood Sector Engagement,
World Wildlife Fund
Amy Smith has more than 15 years of experience in tropical forestry, forest products manufacturing and marketing, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. In her current role as Manager of Wood Sector Engagement for World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) Global Forest & Trade Network-North America (GFTN-NA), Amy assists purchasers to identify and mitigate wood and fiber sourcing risks, and promotes market linkages between wood and paper buyers and suppliers that share a commitment to responsible forestry and trade.

Prior to working with GFTN-NA, Amy was Director of PaTS, a non-profit organization that supports indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to produce and market sustainably-harvested wooden handicrafts. While at PaTS, she also promoted the use of alternative timber species for furniture to alleviate pressure on over-harvested species, and helped to raise awareness about responsible wood procurement within the U.S. furniture industry. Before that, Amy held other positions at WWF in the U.S. and in Peru, where she provided technical assistance for forest conservation projects.

Amy has a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.
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Dr. Anastasia O'Rourke
Special Consultant,
Industrial Economics Incorporated (IEc)
Anastasia O'Rourke is a Special Consultant at IEc, specializing in sustainable purchasing and products, standards and ecolabels, program design, and data. Dr. O’Rourke has supported clients in promoting sustainable industry, the greening of products, cleantech, and entrepreneurship. Dr. O’Rourke holds a B.A. (Hons, 1st) from Sydney University, a M.Sc. in industrial environmental economics from Lund University, and a Ph.D. in environmental management and finance from Yale University. She is Chair of the Board of SPLC.
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Angela Helman
Principal,
IEc
Ms. Helman has over a decade of consulting experience providing expert environmental policy development and analysis services. She specializes in environmental program development, program evaluation and performance measurement, and communications strategies. Ms. Helman has extensive experience supporting programs that promote: sustainable industry and the greening of commerce; green building and green infrastructure; and smart growth and brownfields redevelopment. Ms. Helman consults with clients including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); several state and local environmental agencies; and non-governmental organizations.

Ms. Helman holds a B.A. in political science from Tulane University, and a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University. She belongs to the American Evaluation Association and to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society.
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Annie Bevan
Certification and Operations Manager,
GreenCircle Certified, LLC
Annie is the Certification and Operations Manager for GreenCircle Certified, LLC and is responsible for supervising and ensuring the quality of GreenCircle’s various sustainable product and operations certifications. Prior to joining GreenCircle, Annie gained extensive experience as a sustainability consultant providing services to numerous Fortune 500 companies including: sustainable corporate marketing, end-of-life product analysis, performing sustainability assessments, integrating sustainable product development programs, and conducting life cycle assessments. Annie currently serves as a technical advisor to several national and international standard development committees including ASTM E 60 Group on Sustainability, the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, ISO PC 277 Sustainable Procurement Technical Advisory Group, ANSI STP 2799 Waste Diversion from Landfill and associated claims, and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Counsel’s Construction and Renovation Technical Advisory Group. Utilizing her experience and expertise, Annie provides insight to help develop these standards to further the industry.
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Arzu Ozbek
Portfolio Manager,
PG&E
Ms. Ozbek is a Portfolio Manager in generation sourcing at PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric Company) responsible for $250+M of annual spend in hydro, renewable and fossil generation. At PG&E, Ms. Ozbek led the implementation of the Utility Owned Solar PV Project which created more than $300M in business for minority, women-owned and disabled veteran enterprises. In addition, Ms. Ozbek contracted the first PG&E fuel cell project that enabled the implementation of new innovative sustainable technologies in utilities. During her tenure at PG&E, Ms. Ozbek received several awards including the Richard Clark Environmental Leadership Award (2010), the Supplier Diversity Breakthrough Award in 2012 and the Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Award (2015).
Before joining PG&E, Ms. Ozbek worked for a subsidiary of RWE, a leading European Utility Company and was responsible for the development, construction, commissioning and operational phases of the $1.5B Fossil energy project in Turkey. Ms. Ozbek holds an Executive MBA dual degree from the Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Ben Hensler
Deputy Director and General Counsel,
Worker Rights Consortium
Ben Hensler is Deputy Director and General Counsel to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a Washington, DC-based independent nonprofit organization that promotes labor rights in the global apparel industry on behalf of its 180 affiliated universities and colleges in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and has conducted workplace monitoring on behalf of the Cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco under those cities’ “sweatfree” procurement ordinances.

Ben Hensler has worked on labor rights issues in the apparel and textile industries for more than 20 years. After graduating from Yale Law School, he worked as a legal fellow at the firm of James and Hoffman in Washington, DC and as a judicial clerk to Judge Marsha Berzon at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, before joining the WRC. Ben is co-author of the annual chapter on “Corporate Codes of Conduct” in the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section’s treatise on International Labor and Employment Law, as well as articles and reports published by law reviews, public policy centers, and legal clinics.

He has directed workplace investigations and monitoring carried out by the WRC for the Cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and has led trainings of workplace inspectors and labor lawyers for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the ABA Center on Human Rights. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Ben Jarrett
North American Sustainability Leader,
Kimberly-Clark Professional
Ben Jarrett is the North American Sustainability Leader at Kimberly-Clark Professional. He leads customer-focused business development and innovation centered on Sustainability. Prior to his current role, Ben developed the Sustainability Strategy for Kimberly-Clark Professional’s North American Industrial Business. Ben received his B.A. in Classical and Medieval Studies from Bates College and received his MBA from Goizueta Business School where he focused on Strategy and Marketing. Follow Ben on Twitter (@BenAJarrett).
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Bicky Corman
Partner,
Venable LLP
Bicky Corman has nearly three decades of experience in all aspects of environmental law, litigation, and policy. Throughout her career, a wide range of stakeholders have sought her assistance in crafting thoughtful resolutions to emerging and complex issues, such as optimal strategies for encouraging use of privately developed standards, driving innovation, and facilitating stakeholders’ achievement of their own sustainability objectives. At Venable, her practice focuses on air, climate change, storm water, chemicals and sustainability issues.
Before joining Venable, Ms. Corman served as the Presidentially-appointed Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that position, she supervised the provision of legal counsel by EPA’s Washington, DC headquarters and 10 regional law offices on matters pertaining to hazardous wastes, chemical safety, and site remediation and on cross-cutting issues, including international, tribal, civil rights, and NEPA. In particular, she provided crucial legal advice on matters such as EPA’s recent determination to treat the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming as a state for purposes of administering certain Clean Air Act authorities; issues arising in free trade negotiations; EPA’s litigation and resolution of civil rights complaints; and EPA’s authorities to respond to chemical spills and releases. At the same time, Ms. Corman also served as Senior Sustainability Advisor to the Administrator. In that capacity, her leadership paved the way for EPA’s recent actions to embed sustainability in its core policies and programs, including its establishing sustainability as a cross-agency objective in EPA’s 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan.
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Billy Grayson
Vice President, Social and Environmental Sustainability,
Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
Billy has over 10 years of experience working on CSR issues and environmental sustainability with non-profit organizations, management consulting firms and corporations. He has an MBA and a Masters in Environmental Policy and most recently was the Director of Corporate Sustainability for a Fortune 500 company in the electrical industry.

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Brad Colton
Strategic Projects for Global Procurement,
Marriott International
Brad Colton handles Strategic Projects for Global Procurement for Marriott International. His responsibilities include supporting the Global Operations team on major initiatives impacting global operations such as renewing the Avendra contract, developing improved global operations standards, improving sustainability practices within MI’s supply chain and other operations opportunities. Brad joined Marriott in 1982 and has worked in various corporate positions including Brand Executive for Extended Stay Brands. Brad has worked as a General Manger at Crystal Gateway, Bethesda, Bethesda Suites, Tysons Corner, Gaithersburg Marriott, and the Atlanta Northlake Courtyard as well as being the Resort Manager at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. He also worked as an Area General Manager during eight of those years. He worked as a Resident Manager at the Atlanta Northwest, Atlanta Airport and JW Marriott Washington DC along with other operation management positions during his Marriott career. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Leadership Montgomery as well as being active in his church. Brad holds a degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia.
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Brenna Davis
Director of Sustainability,
Virginia Mason Health System
Brenna Davis began her sustainability career in a Northwest oil refinery in 1995. She is the Director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason, the innovative Seattle-based health care system that brought the concept of “lean” to the industry. Brenna brings close to two decades of experience creating and implementing corporate sustainability programs. She is the founder and convener of the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Sustainability Leaders Roundtable. She is the Chair of the Washington Businesses for Climate Action, a group of business leaders that recruited over 150 businesses to sign the Washington Business Climate Declaration in collaboration with CERES BICEP. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and a M.S. in Management from Antioch University. Her education in environmental science, business, and systems thinking give her a passion for data, a focus on results, and an obsession with continuous improvement.
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Brennan Conaway
Program Analyst,
General Services Administration
Brennan Conaway is a Procurement Analyst with the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. He currently focuses on sustainable acquisition initiatives, such as ensuring green products are easy to find among GSA’s 40+ million products, helping develop guidelines regarding federal use of eco-labels, leading GSA’s “hotspots” efforts, assisting in the development of a professional service standard and more. Brennan is also active in developing general policy for GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules program. Prior to his current role, Brennan was a Contract Specialist and a Contracting Officer for the Multiple Award Schedule program, Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Blanket Purchasing Agreements and other contract vehicles. Mr. Conaway earned his B.B.A. from James Madison University in 2003 and his M.B.A. from George Mason University in 2009.
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Brian Nelson
Senior Category Manager,
Sonoco
Brian Nelson is a Senior Category Manager with Sonoco Products Company in Hartsville, SC. He received his BS degree in Food Science from Penn State and an MBA from The University of Pittsburgh. Early in his career, Brian was employed as a quality technician, R&D chemist and Food Scientist with companies in the Pittsburgh area before joining Sonoco in 1990 as a Packaging Engineer. Brian has been in Sonoco’s Supply Management organization for 18 years and currently has responsibility for their metals category and serves as a member of the Sonoco’s Supplier Sustainability team as well as a former member of Sonoco’s Supplier Diversity team. Despite living in and enjoying the South Carolina weather for the past 25 years, he remains a dedicated Pittsburgh sports fan and has effectively brainwashed his wife and 3 boys to be Pittsburgh fans as well.
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Charmian Gooch
Co-Founder and Director ,
Global Witness
Charmian Gooch is co-founder and director of Global Witness, a non-profit campaigning organisation that addresses the links between natural resource exploitation and the funding of conflict and corruption. She jointly led Global Witness's first campaign, exposing the trade in timber between the Khmer Rouge and Thai logging companies and their political and military backers. Subsequently, Charmian developed and launched Global Witness’s ground-breaking campaign to combat ‘blood diamonds’; Global Witness was nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize as a result of this work. In 2014 Charmian was awarded the TED Prize, given to an ‘extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change’, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business. Also in 2014, Global Witness received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, awarded to ‘transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo’.
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Chris Happ
CEO,
Goby
Chris' background in procurement, technology, sustainability, and real estate is based on his more than 15 years of experience at PwC, Ariba, and Able Services. He currently supports more than 400 Million square feet of sustainable real estate management across the country.
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Chris O'Brien
Director of Higher Education Programs,
Altenex
Chris is the Director of Higher Education Programs at Altenex. He came to Altenex from American University where he was Director of Sustainability from 2009 to 2015. He was responsible for all sustainability functions, including the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020. Chris still teaches about energy, climate, carbon markets and sustainable purchasing in the Sustainability Management master's program at AU's Kogod School of Business. While heading AU's sustainability office, Chris executed three power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a megawatt of onsite solar PV and solar thermal, and a 52 megawatt offsite solar PV project, which was the largest non-utility PPA in higher education at the time. At Altenex, he helps the higher education sector catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources.
He is also a founding board director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and serves on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee. In 2006, Chris authored the award-winning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers).
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Chris Pyke, Phd
Vice Present of Research
U.S. Green Building Council
Chief Operating Officer,
GRESB.com
Dr. Pyke is Vice President of Research for the U.S. Green Building Council and Chief Operating Officer for GRESB.com. He helps lead GRESB’s global business strategy and the development of information technologies to inform and accelerate market transformation, including the Green Building Information Gateway (www.gbig.org). Dr. Pyke serves in a number of technical advisory roles, including representing the United States for green house gas mitigation issues related to residential and commercial buildings on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group 3) and Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining GRESB, he was the Vice President for Research at the US Green Building Council, the National Director of Climate Change Services for CTG Energetics, Inc. and a research scientist with the US EPA’s Global Change Research Program. While serving at US EPA, Dr. Pyke co-chaired the US Climate Change Science Program’s Interagency Working Group on Human Contributions and Responses to Climate Change. He is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, teaching in the graduate Sustainable Urban Planning Program. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary.
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Christina Macken
Director of Programs,
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Christina Macken is the Director of Programs for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. She leads the development of the core program activities, including the recently released Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing, Landscape Scan (a strategic review & analysis of existing sustainable purchasing guidance programs), and the pilot version of the Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0. Christina previously worked at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) where she served as Program Manager for USGBC’s breakthrough program, LEED v4. Christina brings significant expertise in successfully implementing multi-stakeholder, market-and consensus-based leadership development processes along strict, rigorous, and transparent standards. Christina has contributed to the development of standards outside the U.S., most recently 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 of sustainable building practices for the developing world.
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Christina Simon
Corporate Program Manager,
Lockheed Martin
A nominee for the 2014 Women in Aerospace award, Christina Simon serves as the Lockheed Martin Corporate Program Manager for both the European Union REACH legislation and for the Supply Chain Sustainability program, in the Global Supply Chain Strategy group underneath Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ. In her REACH role, she is responsible for designing, developing and implementing the strategy and tools required for REACH compliance within Lockheed Martin. In her Supply Chain Sustainability role, Christina is responsible for building sustainable supplier capacity by partnering with the company’s 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. Under her leadership, Lockheed Martin was named a 2014 finalist for the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Awards under the category of Best Supplier Engagement. In sixteen years within the supply chain function at Lockheed Martin, Christina has held multiple positions with increasing levels of responsibility. She most recently served as the Manager of Direct Commodity Corporate Agreements, where she and her team utilized creative sourcing strategies to leverage the Corporation's direct commodity spend. In that role, she had responsibility for over $600M in spend forecasted by the Lockheed Martin Business Areas, residing on over 600 corporate agreements with over 500 suppliers, enabling over $230M worth of savings to the business areas over a 4-year period. In 2013, Christina was awarded the Lockheed Martin Global Supply Chain Operations Key Link Award, and previously has been the recipient of both the Lockheed Martin Corporate Shared Services Keystone Award and the Global Supply Chain Management Award. She is also a certified Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt. Christina holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in Business Administration, from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. She currently resides in Voorhees, NJ with her husband and two daughters.
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Christine Moody
Chief Procurement Officer,
City of Portland
Christine Moody is the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Portland and has over 19 years of government purchasing and contracting experience. In her current position, Christine is responsible for managing, directing and integrating procurement and contractor development programs at the City. She also represents the City in a variety of multi-jurisdictional forums, outreach functions and professional groups and organizations. Christine has her CPPB and CPPO certification and sits on various regional and national committees related to public contracting.
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Christopher Davis
Program Manager,
CBRE
As a Program Manager for CBRE’s Global Energy & Sustainability team, Christopher Davis consults with a diverse base of clients and stakeholders to help them meet their environmental performance goals. In addition to supporting CBRE’s global sustainability platform, his main role is planning and executing LEED® for Existing Buildings certification projects. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Davis spent seven years at the U.S. Green Building Council®, a nonprofit organization that developed the LEED green building certification program and is committed to greening the built environment. At USGBC and its subsidiary, the Green Building Certification Institute, he provided oversight and technical guidance to hundreds of buildings pursuing LEED certification worldwide. He also supported the development of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, as well as complementary programs including Recertification, Volume, Campus, and LEED Lab.
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Corey Brinkema
President,
Forest Stewardship Council US
Corey joined the Forest Stewardship Council US in 2007 and serves as chief executive officer of the largest national office of the FSC global network. Corey brings 25 years of experience and commitment to sustainable development. He has served in both technical and managerial capacities in such diverse fields as green building, renewable energy, industrial ecology and hazardous waste remediation. Prior to joining FSC, Corey served as Executive Director of Minnesota-based Green Institute, a regional leader in green building. Corey is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his M.B.A. at the University of Michigan.
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Daniel Girdler
Executive VP,
Vital Metrics (formerly IERS)
During the course of 12 years in the private sector, Daniel has co-founded two companies in the area of sustainability, with a focus on developing Spend Analysis services since 2008 in order to address the urgent need for a more comprehensive and scalable approach to corporate and regional environmental (and social) impact assessment. It is critical for Daniel that such solutions should deliver both real commercial value to clients as well as analytical output of the highest integrity. Daniel has overseen the development of Spend Analysis systems and services, and has led numerous works of Spend Analysis, including a recently finished multi-impact category SA for Travis Perkins plc, a multi-billion dollar revenue company in the UK. Daniel oversees VitalMetrics’ business and partner development, product development, and represents VitalMetrics on both The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), and Sustainable Supply Chain Leadership Council (SPLC)
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Danielle Hinz
Chief Procurement Officer,
King County
Danielle Hinz is currently the Chief Procurement Officer for King County. In this role, she is the business owner for the County’s procure-to-pay process and manages a staff of more than 60 providing purchasing, procurement card, environmental purchasing, and accounts payable services. Using Lean principles, she is guiding a number of process improvement initiatives. Prior to joining King County, Danielle served as the Purchasing & Contracts Manager for the City of Longmont, Colorado; Director of Travel & Commercial Card and Manager of Purchasing Services for the University of Colorado; and Purchasing Manager for Colorado Mountain College. Over her career, Danielle has gained a breadth of procurement and leadership expertise and has been served in many leadership roles with professional organizations at both regional and national levels. Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager and a Certified Public Procurement Officer.
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Dan Persica
Sustainability Communications Manager,
Domtar
Dan currently serves as Domtar’s Sustainable Communications Manager. In this role, he oversees Domtar’s EarthChoice brand, the company’s commitment to full circle responsibility that encompasses the entire lifecycle of its pulp and paper products.. With a personal interest in corporate transparency and storytelling, he created and develops content for The Paper Trail, a digital tool that provides users with the environmental, social and economic impacts of their purchases. Dan also serves as Domtar’s Multi Site Administrator, helping track inputs from sustainably managed forests throughout the company network. He earned a BBA in Business Management from James Madison University and holds LEED AP O+M certification. A New Orleans native, he enjoys cooking, organic gardening and sampling local cuisine when traveling.
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David Allaway
Policy and Program Analyst,
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
(confirmation pending)
David Allaway is a policy and program analyst in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Solid Waste Program, where he coordinates DEQ's Waste Prevention Strategy and works on issues related to materials (including waste) management. Allaway has twenty five years of experience in the environmental field in both the public and private sectors, including work in the fields of solid and hazardous waste, recycling, energy and water conservation, and green building. In recent years, his work has focused on business waste prevention, packaging, greenhouse gases, life cycle analysis of materials and wastes, and expanding greenhouse gas inventories to account for the impacts of materials, including consumption-based inventory techniques.

Allaway currently serves on the steering committee of the Portland area Master Recyclers and previously served on the steering committee of Wal-Mart's Sustainable Packaging Value Network. He co-leads the Inventory Workgroup of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum and is the recipient of a "National Notable Achievement Award" from the EPA for his work to reduce the climate impacts of materials and waste.
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David Asiello
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense,
US Department of Defense
Mr. Asiello currently provides technical and policy support to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment). David’s areas of responsibility include overseeing DoD Environmental Technology Programs; leading development and implementation of the DoD Sustainability Plan; Integrating Sustainable Procurement Policy and maximizing the use of Green Products at DoD Installations; and integrating Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health considerations into Weapon Systems Acquisition Programs. David has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since March 2000. Prior to coming to the Secretary of Defense Office, David held a variety of logistics, operations & maintenance, and environmental positions for the Chief of Naval Operations, and for the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command. David received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University 1986, his Master of Business Administration Degree from Marymount University in 1990, and is a 2003 graduate of the National Defense University with a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy and Senior Acquisition Certification from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In 2008, Mr. Asiello graduated from the Defense Leadership and Management Program and from the Federal Executive Institute.
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Deborah Dunning
Founder & Chair,
Sphere-E
As Founder of Sphere-E, Deborah brought together 10 experts in product performance evaluation, sustainability analytics and software design to implement a system she developed to support highly efficient product performance evaluation and improvement. Her goal as a leader of Sphere E is to provide manufacturers and purchasers alike with software processes that enable them to measure and then improve their performance using vetted science data that is easy to understand and use. Deborah was Co-Director of the contract with GSA on “Using LCA in Federal Procurement” awarded to Facilities Solutions Group with Sphere-E, Carnegie Mellon University and PE International (now Thinkstep) as the sub-contractors. Deborah serves in the Construction TAG of the Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council.
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Eryn Schornick
Policy Advisor,
Global Witness
Eryn Schornick is a New York licensed attorney with a focus in international human rights and humanitarian law. She is a Policy Advisor on the Banks and Corruption team at Global Witness, an international advocacy organization seeking to expose and break the links between natural resources and corruption, conflict and human rights abuses. Eryn previously acted as the Senior Research & Engagement Specialist at EIRIS Conflict Risk Network and led institutional investors representing over $5 trillion in assets under management leveraging their market power to help ensure that multi-national corporations’ operating in high risk sectors of conflict-affected states prevent and mitigate non-financial risks, including gross human rights abuses. Eryn has experience working in the U.S. and abroad on labor rights, supply chain transparency, as well as corporate transparency and accountability.
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Garrison Marr
Energy & Resource Conservation Specialist,
Energy & Sustainability Office of Snohomish County
Garrison Marr is the Energy & Resource Conservation Specialist in the Energy & Sustainability Office of Snohomish County. Marr works on corporate energy, water and resource conservation campaigns, residential loan programs for energy efficiency and water quality, and sustainability initiatives of benefit to Snohomish County. Prior to serving in Snohomish County, he served as the Sustainable Development Administrator for Savannah, Georgia where he led innovative sustainable housing development projects, and was featured as one the countries top 30 professionals under 30 years of age by Home Energy Magazine.
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Gun Shim
Vice President, Supply Chain Management,
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
In this position, Shim leads PG&E’s company-wide supply chain functions that include strategic sourcing of direct and indirect spend, supplier relationship management, materials and logistics operations, supply and demand planning and supply chain corporate responsibilities. He has over 25 years of supply chain and procurement experience, including positions with T-Mobile USA and SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he held various vice president positions within supply chain. At SBC, Shim led key roles to integrate the company’s supply chain to meet merger savings targets and deliver shareholder value. He was also a principle owner of GS and Company that provided business process framework and strategic sourcing solutions. Shim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a graduate of Stanford University Executive Asian Leadership Program. He has served on multiple boards, and is currently on the advisory boards of the University of Idaho Utility Executive Program, Procure Con Indirect and a member of the Executive Committee for the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance.
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Hervé Touati
Managing Director,
Rocky Mountain Institute
Dr. Hervé Touati is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute. He was previously the founder and CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, the distributed energy arm of E.ON. These activities led to E.ON’s "2013 European Greentech Company of the Year” award. He has also served as E.ON Climate and Renewables’s Managing Director in charge of carbon sourcing and non-wind renewable energy, and at McKinsey, where he advised European and North American clients on commodity trading and risk management. Dr. Touati was born in France and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Holly Elwood
Senior Program Manager,
EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
Holly is a Senior Program Manager for the EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in Washington D.C. She has over 16 years of experience working on a variety of green purchasing topics and assisting federal agencies in factoring the environment into purchasing decisions. She is currently a Co-Chair of the Federal Electronics Stewardship Working Group, and a member of the Interagency Conformity Assurance Working Group, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s IT Technical Advisory Group, the Joint Committee of the NSF 426 Sustainable Servers Standard, and the IEEE 1680.1 Working Group for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. She received an EPA Gold Award for her involvement in the formation and implementation of the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, issued by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality. She was selected as a Fed 100, awarded to government and industry leaders who have “played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community—individuals who have gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities and have made a difference in the way technology has transformed their agency or accelerated their agency’s mission”. Holly holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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James Barsimantov
COO,
SupplyShift
James Barsimantov, Ph.D., is COO and cofounder of SupplyShift, a next generation platform for supply chain risk and responsibility management. He received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on environmental economics and resource management, where he also lectured on sustainability project design, policy and economics. James has extensive experience in sustainability metrics and strategy, climate action planning, and supply chain sustainability. He has developed sustainability rating systems, methodologies to quantify GHG emissions, and multiple client-specific tools. James has provided expert witness testimony in multiple cases on energy and climate policy and speaks frequently in both academic and corporate sustainability venues on sustainability measurement, life cycle analysis, and environmental policy.
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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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Jenna Newbrey
Northwest Program Coordinator,
Health Care Without Harm
Jenna Newbrey is a Registered Dietitian and Northwest Program Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Heath Care initiative. Jenna is currently working with health care systems in Washington and Oregon to implement sustainable food procurement policies with a focus on increasing demand for local organics and transitional crops in Northwest hospital food service operations. Prior to joining Health Care without Harm Jenna worked as a nutritionist for Multicare Health Systems and King County Public Health. She is currently working toward an MBA focused on sustainable food systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
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Jim Sullivan
Vice President, Sustainability & Business Innovation,
SAP
Jim Sullivan brings over 20 years of experience to his role as Vice President, Sustainability & Business Innovation at SAP. In his current role, Jim is responsible for developing and commercializing new innovative sustainability business opportunities, expanding SAP’s operational sustainability excellence by deploying breakthrough products and technologies, and providing thought leadership to drive overall sustainability strategy across global business operations. Prior to joining SAP, Sullivan was part of the executive management team at Clear Standards where he was responsible for strategy and advisory services. Formerly Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program and acting Branch Chief of EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry programs, Sullivan is an internationally recognized expert on policies and measures to combat climate change. Sullivan’s previous work included developing and analyzing performance metrics for U.S. climate and energy programs and serving as UNFCCC expert reviewer of the European Union’s climate policy. Prior to his service at EPA, Jim worked at Skadden, Arps as an environmental specialist. Sullivan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers, and sits on the advisory board to the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute. He represents SAP on the Corporate Advisory Council of The Sustainability Consortium where he co-chaired the IT Standards and Tools Workgroup and various technical workgroups of the WRI GHG Protocol Product/Supply Chain initiative. A frequent speaker at environmental and climate change related events, Sullivan is a strong advocate of industry efforts to implement meaningful, verifiable energy efficiency and emissions reduction programs. Sullivan holds a M.Sc. from John Hopkins University and a B.A. from Brown University.
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JoAnna Abrams
Founder & CEO ,
MindClick
JoAnna Abrams is Founder & CEO of MindClick, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance measurement solutions for global organizations. MindClick’s technology and consulting services are used by global organizations to implement responsible sourcing programs to help achieve their environmental, social responsibility, and business goals. Named a hospitality industry innovator by Lodging Magazine, Abrams combines 8 years of sustainability experience with twenty years of business strategy, research, and brand management work for global leaders in consumer products. In 2011, Abrams created the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Marriott International and 25 leading suppliers and purchasing organizations. Together the Consortium created a framework, based on global standards, for measuring supplier sustainability performance. Known as the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index, that framework is now used by Marriott International and others to encourage improvement in the social and environmental performance of their vendors. Abrams is a frequent speaker on the topics of sustainability and consumer trends, advances in supply chain initiatives and the effective use of scorecards in driving progress. Prior to the founding of MindClick, Abrams led strategy, research, and new product development efforts for recognized consumer products brands including MGM, Nestle, Pepsi-Co, Toyota, and Wolfgang Puck. Abrams holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in finance from University of Illinois.

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Joan Namahana Kerr
Director of Supplier Sustainability and Diversity
PG&E
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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John Edelman
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility,
Edelman
John Edelman was appointed in 2010 as Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, a new position focused on Edelman’s global citizenship, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. He also serves as President of the DJ Edelman Family Foundation. Edelman leads the firm’s global citizenship initiatives including corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, corporate philanthropy, community engagement, supplier and partnership engagement, environmental sustainability, and corporate reporting. He co-leads the Global Diversity Advisory Group with Claudia Patton, Chief Talent Officer. Prior to his new appointment, he had served as Managing Director, Global Human Resources since 1995 overseeing global human resources professional staff and operations. Earlier, he served as Vice President and General Manager in the Edelman office in Dallas. Edelman holds a Master’s degree in Management (MM) in marketing and public management from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science from Brown University. He currently is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, the Advisory Council for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the Honorary Board of Advisors to the Student Veterans of America and a board member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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John Riley
AVP University Business Services and University Sustainable Operations Officer,
Arizona State University
John is the Sustainability Operations Officer at Arizona State University. The University reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 18.4% since 2007 despite adding 24% more space and 26% more people. John is a member of the Innovator’s Working Group of the Rocky Mountain Institute. John continually seeks practical solutions to complex sustainability problems, and especially those that design systems to take advantage of human nature without actually requiring humans to do anything. John was the University’s Chief Procurement Officer for many years and a former President of the National Association of Educational Procurement. He is an author of the chapter on procurement in College and University Business Administration, and numerous other articles. The National Association of Educational Procurement recognized John with the Bert C. Ahrens Award in 2012 for his outstanding support for the procurement profession over many years.
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Jonas Allen
Director of Marketing,
Green Electronics Council
Jonas creates and directs the Green Electronics Council’s marketing programs to reach business, purchaser and consumer audiences. His role includes collaborating with multiple stakeholders to develop communications programs that demonstrate the integrity, utility and relevance of the EPEAT green rating system.
Jonas has more than 12 years of marketing and PR experience with regional and global technology companies. He worked most recently as worldwide marketing manager with Merchandising Technologies, Inc. (MTI). At MTI, Jonas led marketing initiatives resulting in business with international retailers and some of the world’s most recognized consumer electronics manufacturers. At Cricket Wireless, he managed the marketing activities of more than 100 Cricket Wireless stores in the Pacific Northwest and developed the company’s nationwide model for marketing its Lifeline program to low-income adults.
A lifelong Oregonian, Jonas began his career as a journalist after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He currently lives in Portland with his wife and two children.
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Jonathan Estes
Principal Consultant,
Sphere-E
Jonathan brings his experience in working with corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies on sustainability initiatives to the work of Sphere-E as an ongoing consultant. In this role he focuses on creating innovative ways for the team to provide informative and fund training programs for AEC firms using the Sphere E software featuring smart games. In 2012 Jonathan founded Smart Game Systems Inc that utilizes the power of game theory to help organizations drive continuous innovation and performance in an increasingly volatile and complex operating environment. He leads a team at SGS that provides software application development utilizing game‐based technologies and techniques on multiple platforms, business analytics, instructional design and implementation support.
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Jonathan Rifkin
Sustainable Purchasing Program Manager,
District of Columbia
Jonathan Rifkin is the Sustainable Purchasing Program Manager for the District of Columbia. He serves as a member of the SPLC Board of Directors, serves as Vice-Chair of the NASPO Green Purchasing Committee, and sits on the EPEAT Advisory Council.
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Josh Silverman
Director, Office of Sustainability Support,
U.S. Department of Energy
Josh Silverman works to reduce DOE’s environmental footprint and prepare it for the impacts of climate change. His activities include helping DOE sites eliminate of over a million metric tons of CO2e by cutting releases of sulfur hexafluoride, the world’s most potent greenhouse gas; creating a new green purchasing awards program to incentivize adoption of sustainable products and services; and playing a leading role in green electronics stewardship. He collaborates with other agencies, the business community, environmental advocates, and academia to solve seemingly intractable problems and advance environmental outcomes. Josh served on the Steering Committee that helped launch the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and was recognized as a finalist in the Partnership for Public Service’s prestigious "Service to America Medal" awards program in 2013. He joined DOE in 2000, after receiving his Ph.D. in History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Judy Levin
Pollution Prevention Director,
Center for Environmental Health
Judy Levin has been leading the Center for Environmental Health’s flame retardant campaign for the past 7 years. She works closely with large purchasers including government, corporations, higher education and health care organizations on how to identify and prefer environmentally preferable products and how to use their purchasing power to move the market towards safer products. Judy has developed a series of resources for purchasers on how to prefer flame retardant-free furniture including purchasing guides for flame retardant-free products, a purchaser pledge, model language for RFPs and letters for suppliers. Most recently, Judy helped author a successful flame retardant disclosure bill that requires furniture manufacturers to label their products as to the presence or absence of flame retardant chemicals.
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Justin Dillon
Founder & CEO,
Made in a Free World
Justin Dillon is an artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and abolitionist. He spent most of his life as a singer-songwriter touring the world and working with such companies as Universal, WB, and Capitol Records. His music has appeared in films and on several TV networks such as MTV and CBS, as well as on records with other artists such as John Mayer and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2008, Justin made his directorial debut in the film, “CALL+RESPONSE". This “rockumentary” film was theatrically distributed and become one of that year’s top documentaries. The film combined commentary by social luminaries, such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, and Nicholas Kristof with musical performances by artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, and Matisyahu. Justin followed up with producing the CNN documentary “Common Dreams”. In the film, Justin and Grammy award winning hip-hop artist, Common, travel to Haiti to experience for themselves the plight of the estimated 300,000 children working as domestic servants. The film aired worldwide to over 240 million homes.
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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 8 years, greening tens of millions of dollars of bids for this 9000-employee organization. Karen actively seeks opportunities to collaborate locally, regionally and nationally on green purchasing efforts that seek to leverage the County’s success and accelerate market transformation, including serving on national product standard development workgroups, leading research initiatives with the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum, 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. Karen enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her two boys in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from UC Berkeley.
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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 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
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Karl Bruskotter
Sustainability Analyst,
City of Santa Monica
Karl Bruskotter has served as a Sustainability Analyst for the City of Santa Monica for over fourteen years. Karl has focused on developing and implementing the City’s sustainable procurement, toxics use reduction, sustainable food, and green business certification programs. Karl has helped the City of Santa Monica achieve one of the more reputable and recognized sustainable procurement programs in the country. Prior to joining the City of Santa Monica, Karl enjoyed a diverse professional career in the environmental and occupational health field in the private sector. Karl holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Environmental and Occupational Health.
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Katherine Bostick
Senior Manager of Standards,
Fair Trade USA
Katherine Bostick is the Senior Manager of Standards at Fair Trade USA, the leading fair trade certification program in the U.S. She works to ensure that the organization’s standards minimize social and environmental risks in supply chains, build equitable conditions for trade, and support producers and workers on a journey of empowerment.

Katherine has more than 15 years of experience in food systems, certification, and market-based approaches to sustainability. Prior to joining Fair Trade USA, she worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she advised seafood buyers on sustainable sourcing and guided their global network’s strategy on farmed salmon. While at WWF, she also led a global, multi-stakeholder roundtable to develop standards for a new certification program, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. Before that, Katherine spent time as an agroforestry technician in South America. She holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Earth Systems, a combination of ecology and environmental economics, from Stanford University.
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Libby Bernick
Senior Vice President,
Trucost
Libby Bernick is Senior Vice President of North America for Trucost, a London-based research firm that measures environmental performance and financially values environmental risks and impacts. Since 2000, Trucost data and tools have been used worldwide by investors and corporations to build more resilient supply chains and procurement programs. As a member of Trucost’s senior leadership team, she manages the company’s North American business. Libby has worked in executive positions developing products and programs that enable companies to measure supplier, resource and commodity risks in supply chains across North America, Europe, and Asia. Ms Bernick has led the application of Trucost's supply chain analyses, including impact spend analysis tools and supplier databases, for a number of businesses. An author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker at international industry forums on supply chains and valuing natural capital, Bernick is expert in business strategies that incorporate sustainability-based market opportunities and environmental metrics. Ms. Bernick has degrees in engineering, chemistry and biology and over 30 years of experience working with businesses to integrate environmental performance into operations and decision-making.
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Liesbeth Casier
Sustainable Public Procurement Specialist,
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Liesbeth Casier is a sustainable public procurement specialist for IISD for the Sustainable Procurement and Infrastructure Finance Program. In her work for IISD she focuses on the implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP), including the development of a Handbook for SPP in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as on procurement for innovation. Liesbeth previously worked at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) where she focused on research at the intersection of international economic law, trade policy and the environment within the context of the Green Economy. She has a strong background in sustainable development from a legal and policy perspective. Liesbeth holds a Master degree in Development Studies of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), a Master degree of Complementary Studies in Business Economics and a Master in Political Science from the University of Ghent (Belgium).
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Luke Soules
Co-Founder and CXO,
iFixIt
Luke Soules is the co-founder and CXO of iFixit, the largest online repair community and Apple parts retailer. iFixit is dedicated to helping people everywhere keep their hardware running longer. Luke has traveled widely to be the first in the world to tear apart Apple devices, including Australia and New Zealand. Luke attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In his spare time, Luke plays the clarinet in several groups, including the SLO Wind Orchestra and Central Coast Clarinet Choir.
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Lynda Rankin
Manager, Sustainable Procurement Integration,
Province of Nova Scotia
Lynda Rankin is the Manager of Sustainable Procurement Integration for the Province of Nova Scotia. Throughout her career she has worked in the field of environmental protection and sustainability in a variety of positions with both public and private sector organizations. In 2004/05 she led the development of Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour's Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy and since 2009 she has played a key role in the development and implementation of a Sustainable Procurement Policy for the Government of Nova Scotia. In addition to her work in procurement, in 2015 Lynda has also been the internal lead for the development of a new Health, Safety and Environment Program for the Internal Services Department. Amoung the many anticipated benefits of this new program will be greater linkages between OHS, environmental protection and government procurement.
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Lynne Olson
Corporate Scientist, Global Sustainability,
Ecolab
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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Mark Kelly
President,
Able Services
Mark Kelly has worked in the building services industry for over 28 years. He supports all operational, customer service, technical resource teams throughout the United States-- and is often asked to coordinate & lead proposal development for major RFPs. Mr. Kelly has spent numerous hours working with suppliers to purchase the best sustainable equipment and supplies to be used at Able contract sites. In addition to the development of the GreenAble sustainability program, Mark has also helped clients win top industry awards, such as the first building in the US to achieve LEED Platinum Status & recertification of its Platinum status 5 years later. Mr. Kelly is an integral part of Able's participation in the green movement and is responsible for Able's USGBC membership. In 2014, Able Partnered with Goby LLC to provide clients with cutting edge cloud based software (SeaSuite) that eliminates the need for manual data entry and simplifies sustainability for building operations.
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Mark Rossolo
Public Affairs Director,
UL Environment
Mark 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 UL Environment’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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Mark Sajbel
Program Analyst,
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mark Sajbel is a Program Analyst since 2007 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, responsible for formulating policy in the Electronics Stewardship and Sustainable Acquisition programs. Mark is the USDA rep to the interagency Federal Electronics Stewardship Workgroup and was part of the EPEAT Imaging Equipment standard (IEEE 1680.2) development workgroup from 2008 until its completion in 2012. Until 2007, Mr. Sajbel worked as the Recycling Coordinator and Green Purchasing Program Manager for the U.S. General Services Administration in the National Capital Region. Mark holds a BA from Colorado State University and an MA from Columbia University.
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Michele Grossman
Regional Manager,
Waste Management
Michele Grossman is a Regional Manager at Waste Management Sustainability Services and has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field, helping customers obtain their sustainability objectives, concentrating on the triple bottom line while ensuring brand and quality is not compromised. Recent projects are focused on sustainable events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and bringing organic waste solutions to the food and retail sectors. Michele has degrees in Communications and Environmental Science, is a LEED Accredited Professional and works with internationally recognized reporting frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative.
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Nicole Sherwin
Senior Program Manager,
EcoVadis
Nicole Sherwin is a Senior Program Manager at EcoVadis, a collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings on the environmental and social performance companies worldwide. EcoVadis delivers simple and reliable scorecards, covering 150 purchasing categories and 21 CSR criteria to support procurement teams reduce risks and drive performance in their supply chain. Nicole works with Global 500s to ensure successful roll out of their supplier programs, advising on best practices to ensure sustainablity integration into procurement processes and supporting with change management. She is also project-lead on the ICT sector initiative, E-TASC, a group of ICT companies leveraging technology to improve the sustainability performance of their supply chain. Previously Nicole was a CSR Analyst with EcoVadis and in her earlier career she worked in film production, specializing in documentary production focused on social and environmental topics. Nicole has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
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Orrin Cook
Sr. Manager,
Green-e Marketplace
Orrin is Sr. Manager, Green-e Marketplace for the Center for Resource Solutions, working to educate organizations on renewable energy options, create new programs to drive renewable energy demand and help those that have made renewable energy and climate commitments to communicate that commitment to stakeholders. He has worked with companies such as Intel, Kendall Jackson, Millipore, Office Depot, and AVEDA. He is currently on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and has authored papers on both the U.S. and international voluntary renewable energy purchasing.
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Pat Hopper
Director Sourcing,
FedEx Services
Pat joined FedEx in 2001, is a three-time recipient of the FedEx Express Five Star Award, and in his current role as Director of Sourcing, is responsible for holistic spend and supplier management for services categories across all FedEx entities. Prior to joining FedEx, Pat was a Captain in the US Air Force responsible for the acquisition of GPS Satellites and Classified Space systems. Pat is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from the US Air Force Academy, and earned a Master of Science in Contracting Management from the AF Institute of Technology. Pat received the Certified Professional Contract Manager designation from the National Contract Management Association, and the Institute of Supply Management’s Certified Purchasing Manager certification.
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Pierre-François Thaler
Co-Founder,
EcoVadis
Pierre 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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Renee Paris
Sourcing Specialist,
Sonoco
Originally from Augusta, GA, Renee graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s in International Affairs and Economic Development. She spent years working for various non-profits before returning to school to get her International MBA from the University of South Carolina. As a Master’s International MBA student, she served in the Peace Corps for two years as a Community Economic Development Advisor in the rainforests of Cameroon instead of completing the typical internship. During this time, she worked on Fairtrade projects with cocoa and coffee farmers (among many other projects). Upon completion of her MBA program, she was hired as a Sourcing Specialist at Sonoco, where she manages specialty paper and labels and serve on the supplier sustainability team. She is married to a Cameroonian who shares her passion for corporate sustainability and economic development issues.
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Robert Kuhn
President,
Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC
Robert Kuhn is a respected supply chain sustainability expert. Robert combines extensive strategy development and process re-engineering experience with superior sustainability insights to design and implement sustainability initiatives in both environmental and social responsibility. Robert’s firm, Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors, LLC, is based in New York City and focuses exclusively on the intersection between sustainability and global supply chain operations. Mr. Kuhn is a member of numerous professional associations and is Vice Chair of the Institute for Supply Management’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee and serves on the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. Mr. Kuhn is a frequent speaker and published writer about sustainable business practices. Robert graduated from The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT), earned his B.A. degree cum laude from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and obtained his J.D. from Georgetown University (Washington, DC).
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Roger Fernandez
Manager, Corporate and Institutional Engagement,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Roger is the manager of corporate and institutional engagement for the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership and Center for Corporate Climate Leadership. Roger has 20 years of experience working with corporations on energy efficiency and green power-related issues through various programs at the U.S. EPA. Roger also worked for the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in Tokyo for two years during which time he focused on climate change policy and technology implementation. Roger is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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Sam Hummel
Director of Outreach and Operations,
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Sam leads the outreach and development activities of the Council. In his Operations role, he is responsible for planning SPLC's annual Summits, webinars, member update calls and other educational programming, as well as managing the website, member database and other IT infrastructure. Prior to his work with SPLC, Sam was one of the first employees of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), whose Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System provides guidance and recognition to institutions of higher education for sustainability leadership. Sam also has direct experience with the implementation of sustainable purchasing policies in large institutions. Prior to his tenure at AASHE, he created and oversaw the green purchasing program for Duke University & Health System while working as the university's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, and, he helped Duke University develop programs to eliminate sweatshops from its licensed apparel supply chains. He also has experience marketing green products.
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Sangwon Suh, Ph.D.
President,
VitalMetrics
Dr. Sangwon Suh has 19 years of experience in helping organizations quantify and improve supply chain sustainability impacts. Dr. Suh worked with various industrial sectors including iron and steel, metal finishing, oil and gas, energy and electric utility, food and beverage, building and construction, retail trade, agriculture and livestock, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, mining, and professional services. Recently, Dr. Suh completed the Sustainable Spend Analysis (SA) project for the General Service Administration (GSA) analyzing over $500 billion of U.S. federal government spend. Dr. Suh also served on the working group for the WRI/WBCSD’s GHG Protocol, and as a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 207 in its effort to develop ISO 14067. Dr. Suh has authored or co-authored three books and over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of sustainability measurement. He provides training on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon Footprinting, and sustainable spend analysis.
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Sanjay Kumar
AGM,
DFCCIL, Ministry of Railway, Government of India
Sanjay is a public procurement practitioner with more than 19 years of procurement experience in Indian Railways, and a strong academic grounding in environment engineering, public policy, and sustainable development. He has spoken internationally on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and has led various initiatives in research, advocacy and implementation of the SPP programme in India. He is currently serving as a member of several working groups of UNEP on SPP and has been a key voice behind several SPP initiatives within the Indian railways. He regularly shares his thoughts on varied aspects of SPP through his blog sustainableprocurement.blogspot.in
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Sara Cederberg
Technical Director, LEED,
US Green Building Council
Sara Cederberg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Technical Director in the LEED department of the U.S. Green Building Council. There she is primarily focused upon enhancing human health and well-being through the built environment by finding innovative ways to more directly achieve positive outcomes through design strategy and supply chain management. Sara is the technical liaison with the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group, Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, Supply Chain Optimization Working Group, Integrative Process Working Group and previously, the Indoor Air Quality Performance Testing Working Group. She managed the programs associated with the $3 million grant USGBC received from Google to advance the healthy building materials market. Previously, she created worked on the technical development of the LEED rating system, created reference guide content, education materials and resources for LEED v4 as well as managed the creation of all LEED v4 LEED Online forms. She is a member of the AIA Materials Working Group, the Steering Committee for the BizNGO Chemical Footprint Project and the Sustainable Purchasing Council’s Chemically-Intensive Products Technical Advisory Group. Before joining the council, Sara worked as a sustainability consultant and as an architect in the public sector. She earned her Masters in Architecture from Tulane University.
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Sarah Coulter
Director of Operations,
Equitable Origin
Sarah believes that Equitable Origin’s market mechanisms are powerful levers for downstream oil and gas users to transform the industry by driving uptake of the EO100 Standard. She is the architect of the EO membership program, a collaboration of purchasers and consumers of oil and gas products who wish to use their market influence to drive adoption of the Standard. Sarah also manages the EO Credit Market, a mechanism for consumers' direct investment in more socially and environmentally responsible development practices. From her diverse professional background, she draws a facility connecting with downstream stakeholders at all levels, from individual consumers to multi-national corporations. Sarah is also a key contributor to EO’s credibility & accountability programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
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Sarah Lewis
Managing Director of Research and Integration,
The Sustainability Consortium
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on topics related to ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and she is Managing Director of Research and Integration with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor, having taught Environmental Sociology and currently serving on a number of graduate student committees. She is an active and recognized leader in her community. She currently serves as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and the Walton Arts Center, and served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council.
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Sean Sellers
Co-Founder & Senior Investigator,
Fair Food Standards Council
Sean Sellers is a co-founder and senior investigator at the Fair Food Standards Council. Launched in 2011, the FFSC monitors the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, the long-term interests of growers, and the ethical supply chain concerns of retail food companies through implementation of the Fair Food Program. The Fair Food Program, which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food, has been recognized by the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights for its unique effectiveness in eliminating forced labor, gender-based violence and other abuses in the workplace. Mr. Sellers has been involved with worker-driven efforts to protect human rights in U.S. agriculture since the early 2000s. From 2009 to 2010, with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, he was a Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The Huffington Post, Race/Ethnicity, and The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, and he has presented at leading forums in the fields of human trafficking, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable food. He holds an M.A. and B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and has harvested watermelons throughout Florida and Georgia.
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Stacey Foreman
Sustainable Procurement Coordinator,
City of Portland, Oregon
Stacey Foreman manages the City of Portland’s Sustainable Procurement Program and has been incorporating environmentally preferable products and services into public contracts for over a decade. Stacey is active in a variety of regional and national efforts to build sustainable procurement resources, and sits on advisory committees for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the Responsible Purchasing Network. Stacey is a LEED Accredited Professional and has presented to a variety of organizations on the topic of sustainability in public procurement, including the International Conference on Green Products.
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Stan Meiburg
Acting Deputy Administrator,
EPA
Stan Meiburg serves as the Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA, continuing a career spanning over 36 years at EPA in locations around the country. He has broad experience in the management of the agency across the spectrum of EPA’s activities, and has received numerous awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012 and as a Meritorious Federal Executive in 1997. He received EPA’s Gold Medal in 1990 for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, and Silver Medal in 1983 for work on state-federal relations. Meiburg spent 18 years as Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA's Region 4 office in Atlanta, Georgia, following service as Deputy Regional Administrator in EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas, Texas. He is the second person in EPA history to serve as Deputy Regional Administrator in more than one region. From 1990 to 1995, Meiburg was Director of Region 6's Air, Pesticides and Toxics Division. From 1985 to 1990, he was Director of the Planning and Management Staff of EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Durham, North Carolina, leading work on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments as well as planning and budgeting for the air program. Meiburg joined EPA in 1977, serving in a variety of positions in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Dallas, Texas, before coming to Atlanta. Meiburg holds a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from The Johns Hopkins University
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Stephan Sylvan
Senior Policy Advisor,
US EPA
Stephan is Senior Policy Advisor with EPA’s Office of Policy where he co-leads multi-stakeholder initiatives on sustainable purchasing. Stephan previously served in the White House Council on Environmental Quality as Deputy Associate Director for Sustainable Manufacturing. An EPA team Stephan managed launched ENERGY STAR® Home Electronics and directed the first integrated national marketing campaign to build the ENERGY STAR brand. Teams that Stephan managed have also launched or helped launch programs such as SmartWay, WaterSense, and Best Workplaces for Commuters. He played various roles in the Green Products Roundtable leading to the launch of SPLC. He authored guidebooks on best practices in designing, launching, and marketing EPA Partnership Programs. He co-developed one of the first LEED-certified condo buildings in the U.S and was a consultant to AT&T Bell Laboratories on IT systems development. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from Purdue and a master of public policy from Harvard.
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Steve Ashkin
Executive Director,
Green Cleaning Network
Steve Ashkin has worked in the professional cleaning industry since 1981 and on the issue of Green Cleaning since 1990. Today he is considered the "Father of Green Cleaning" and the leader of the Green Cleaning Movement. Ashkin works with public and private building owners where he is closely engaged with the owners themselves along with organizations such as the US Green Building Council, Building Owners & Managers Association, International Facility Management Association, and US federal, state and local institutions. In addition, he works up and down the supply chain assisting major international manufacturers of cleaning chemicals, sanitary paper products, powered cleaning equipment, plastic can liners and others; along with product distributors and providers of cleaning services. Furthermore, he works with major trade associations, labor unions, environmental groups, policymakers and media outlets where he currently has columns in 4 trade publications and speaking frequently at major industry events.
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Steve Baer
Principal Consultant,
thinkstep
Steve Baer is a principal consultant for thinkstep, formerly PE INTERNATIONAL and brings over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, product development, marketing and sustainability consulting. Steve’s work focuses on helping clients to better understand and improve the environmental footprints of their products as well as their corporate sustainability practices. Steve leads the Building and Construction Services sector in North America. He is the immediate past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Materials Technical Advisory Group as well as a member of the LEED Technical Committee and the Codes Committee. Steve is a member of the USGBC Supply Chain Working Group. Steve is a frequent speaker at USGBC, universities and American Institute of Architects (AIA) conferences. Additionally, Steve is an adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a Business Sustainability course in the Department of Environmental Studies.
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Ted Lucas
Director of Procurement & Contracts,
Sound Transit
Ted Lucas is the Director of Procurement & Contracts for Sound Transit, the dynamic and rapidly expanding transit authority for Seattle and the entire Central Puget Sound Region. With Ted’s leadership, Sound Transit recently adopted its first “Green Procurement and Utilization” policy. Prior to joining Sound Transit in 2012, Ted was director of procurement at Snohomish County (Everett) and Jackson Health System (Miami, FL) where, similarly, he helped formulate their first ever Green Procurement policies and supporting programs. Ted received a law degree from the University of Washington, and was Deputy General Counsel and Procurement Executive for the Panama Canal Commission (US Government, in the Republic of Panama) and Procurement Director for Miami-Dade County (Miami, FL).
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Ted Smith
Coordinator,
International Campaign for Responsible Technology
Ted Smith is founder and former Executive Director of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, a grass roots environmental coalition formed in 1982 in response to environmental pollution caused by electronics manufacturing in Silicon Valley, California. Ted is also co-founder and Chair of the steering committee of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, which is working to promote life-cycle producer responsibility within the high-tech electronics industry. In addition, Ted is co-founder and Coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT), an international network committed to working for the development of sustainable, non-polluting technologies. He has served on the boards of several environmental non-profit organizations and has been an environmental stakeholder in formal processes convened by Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Best Buy and Sprint. Ted was recognized by the Dalai Lama for his environmental leadership. In 2006 he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow. In 2008 he was named “Environmentalist of the year” by the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters. He is a widely published author and respected speaker, and is co-editor of “Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry” published by Temple University Press, 2006 He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School and was a VISTA Volunteer in Washington, DC from 1967 - 1969.
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Tim Reeve
President,
Reeve Consulting
Tim Reeve, is a well-recognized and results oriented professional with over 20 years’ experience delivering successful ethical and sustainability strategies, corporate social responsibility programs and stakeholder engagement processes for private sector and non-profit organizations, governing bodies and Olympic Games. Tim has brought his reputation as a leading practitioner in results-oriented sustainability consulting to Reeve Consulting. His practical experience allows him to develop and implement sustainability strategies that meet his client’s specific needs, while enhancing brand image and reputation. Over the years, Tim has established a legacy of “firsts” that have helped shape ethical purchasing, supply chain management, industry collaboration, and sustainability awareness in Canada. Tim helped develop Canada’s first ethical policy for a Canadian Credit Union (Vancity), Canada’s first comprehensive product stewardship program (BC Product Stewardship Regulation), Canada’s first ethical purchasing policy for a major Municipality (Vancouver) and the first social compliance program for an Olympic Games (Vancouver 2010) that has led to influence both the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. These achievements led to significant enhancements in brand leadership for Vancity, Vancouver 2010 and led to real reductions in supply chain labour abuses. More recently, Tim has development the Canadian Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MCSP) group by facilitating and fostering a group of approximately 20 active municipalities throughout Canada. By encouraging resource sharing and knowledge transfer, Tim has been able to nurture sustainability leadership, green operations and socially responsible supply chains.
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Vanessa Lochner
Director of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing,
Kaiser Permanente
Vanessa Lochner, Director of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program at Kaiser Permanente (KP), is responsible for providing strategic direction, and the operations management of the EPP program. In this key role, Vanessa works with Kaiser Permanente’s Finance Operations organization in collaboration with its Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), to identify enterprise-wide EPP opportunities linked to improving the environment for its workforce and members. Vanessa participates as a member of KP’s Environmental Stewardship Working Group, and serves as the co-chair to KP’s Safer Chemicals Subcommittee.
Vanessa has led the evolution of Kaiser Permanente’s EPP program success story metric to high impact metrics in the key areas of Cleaner Energy, Safer Chemicals, Less Waste, and Healthier Food – driving down Kaiser Permanente’s impact on the environment. Recently published, Vanessa authored an educational article together with blog post on Kaiser Permanente’s success in rethinking its EPP program.
Spending more than 15 years in the healthcare field, Vanessa’s experience spans facilities development, business continuity, capital procurement, business process reengineering and transformational business management.
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Warren Lavey
Adjunct Professor,
University of Illinois
Adjunct professor, University of Illinois; former senior counsel, American Clean Skies Foundation; former partner, Skadden Arps law firm; member of the State of Illinois' Green Procurement Subcommittee, the University of Illinois' Purchasing, Waste and Recycling Advisory Team, the World Commission on Environmental Law, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature; BA, MS and JD, Harvard University; Diploma in Economics, Cambridge University.
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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.

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