Karen Cook

Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda

Karen Cook has led Alameda County, California’s green purchasing program for the last 10 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. She has served on multiple national product standard development workgroups and serves on the leadership team for the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum. Prior to that she spent nearly a decade advancing green building operations, waste reduction, and recycling for local government and in the private sector.

My Sessions

Gaining insight into what your organization actual spends – and its associated environmental, social and economic impacts – is foundational to building up a focused and strategic approach to sustainable purchasing. In this session we will hear from a private sector and a public sector organization, both of whom have invested time and energy into … read more >>

Lightning Talk

This session open to Public Sector Purchasers only. This session is an opportunity for public sector procurement and policy professionals to troubleshoot sustainable procurement challenges, brainstorm solutions with a “guru,” and seek guidance from other public sector attendees who may have faced (and overcome!) similar challenges. Aside from troubleshooting, gurus will discuss how to sustain … read more >>

Interactive Workshop