Sustainable Procurement Analyst, University of California, Santa Barbara
Heather is a Sustainable Procurement Analyst at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). She serves as UCSB’s representative for the system-wide Sustainable Procurement Working Group, and has acted as one of the system’s primary subject matter experts for sustainability content during several RFP developments.
As a Sustainable Procurement Analyst, Heather helps set and achieve annual sustainable procurement goals for campus. She reviews campus policies and procedures for sustainable purchasing practices; researches supplier practices, product attributes, and life cycle impacts to develop sustainable product recommendations and specifications for upcoming RFPs; and analyzes category spend to evaluate future sustainable procurement opportunities.
Prior to her work for the UC, Heather completed a California State Sea Grant Fellowship working for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from UCSB, as well as a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB.
Policies are an important tool for institutionalizing sustainable purchasing programs, but they come with challenges. For example, they can require significant time and energy to develop, end up under-implemented, and be difficult to keep up to date. In this session, SPLC will present its guidance for sustainable purchasing policy development. Then the audience will hear … read more >>