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Karen Cook has led Alameda County, California’s green purchasing program for the last 9 years, greening tens of millions of dollars of bids for this 9500-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 family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from UC Berkeley.