Special Consultant, Industrial Economics, Inc.
Dr. O’Rourke has 16 years of consulting experience providing expert sustainability and analysis services. She specializes in sustainable purchasing and products, standards and ecolabels evaluations, and program design strategies. Anastasia has extensive experience supporting programs that promote sustainable industry and the greening of products, purchasing, cleantech investments, and sustainable entrepreneurship.
Recently, Dr. O’Rourke has served as technical lead for the Committee of Supplier Ratings (COSR) project; provides technical support to the EPA’s Guidelines for Ecolabels and Standards pilot, and is the Immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the SPLC. Anastasia holds a B.A. (Hons. 1st class) from Sydney University, a M.Sc. Industrial Environmental Management from Lund University, Sweden; and a Ph.D. in environmental management and finance from Yale University. Originally from Sydney Australia, she is now based in New Haven, CT.
This session will provide foundational, practical information on how to craft and implement specifications for more sustainable products and services, with a focus on navigating the most practical specification tools: environmental product standards and ecolabels. Attendees will learn about all the different pieces and players involved in environmental product certifications, what makes a credible ecolabel, … read more >>
Because of their limited bandwidth, small and medium enterprises (SME’s) sometimes struggle to respond to the environmental and social sustainability expectations set by large customers. Purchasing organizations committed to supplier diversity and local economic development are proactively helping SMEs get ahead of the many sustainability requests and requirements coming from themselves and other customers by … read more >>
SPLC SUSTAIN℠ is a new program for SPLC that aims to give confidence to procurement professionals that they are using the best ecolabels, standards and certifications by assessing and recommending these programs. This workshop will share the latest in the SUSTAIN journey, and provide participants the opportunity to give input on the project roadmap, category definitions, … read more >>
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 >>