Purchasing Power: How Government Can Lead the Way to a Low-Carbon Economy

April 22, 2021 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

Does the public sector hold the key to a low-carbon economy? U.S. government purchases account for nearly one-quarter of the U.S. GDP. State and local governments account for billions of dollars more. By favoring low-carbon choices in buildings, vehicles, energy, and other purchases, the public sector can lead the way to achieve a low-carbon economy and our Paris Climate Agreement goals. Through sheer volume, governments have the power to radically expand the market for climate-friendly purchases, shift supply chain decisions, and shape consumer markets for a low carbon economy.

What can you do to contribute? This webinar:

1) Describes the current state of sustainable public purchasing
2) Identifies barriers and facilitators to sustainable purchasing
3) Considers future opportunities to expand sustainable purchasing
4) Offers strategies you can use to boost the sustainability of purchases in your agency or office.

Slides https://www.dropbox.com/s/uyccegj37t4weq4/21.04.22-Purchasing%20Power%20final.pptx?dl=0

PANELISTS

Nicole Darnall– Nicole is Associate Dean of Faculty Success in ASU’s College of Global Futures and Associate Director and Professor of Management and Public Policy in ASU’s School of Sustainability. She is co-founder of ASU’s Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative and Distinguished Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
Sarah O’Brien – Sarah is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. SPLC convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. Sarah is an expert on sustainable purchasing and specifically on the procurement of more sustainable electronics.
Adina Torberntsson Adina is is a Procurement Analyst in the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Governmentwide Policy. She co-chairs the interagency Sustainable Acquisition and Materials Management Practices (SAMM) Working Group, which provides recommendations and best practices regarding sustainable acquisition. Adina has worked in federal acquisition both as a contracting officer with an unlimited warrant as well as a procurement analyst.

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