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 businesses. 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 governments 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.
Whether it’s a hospital adopting a plant-forward menu for the health of its patients, a restaurant swapping its beef burger for a blended beef and mushroom burger to satisfy its customers, or a city shifting its food purchasing to reduce its carbon footprint and save money, we are witnessing a wave of institutions that are … read more >>