With Dr. Anastasia O'Rourke, co-founder of Big Room Inc, and Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor for sustainable products and purchasing for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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WEBINAR RECORDING: What’s behind the label? The landscape, role, and credibility of ecolabels and how to apply them

What makes a product or service green or sustainable? Who gets to decide, and who is checking? Ecolabels and environmental standards have emerged to answer these questions for different products, and are now many (500+), various (a huge range), and evolving (Ecolabels, EPDs, PCRs & online/mobile tools & directories).

Recorded live on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

This webinar will delve into making sense of them all, and choose the ones that best fit your organization's strategy. Whether it’s to select those ecolabels and or standards for your own products or services, or to refer to them in your own purchasing, having insight into what makes an ecolabels or standard credible and applicable is a useful skill. Join us as we cover the basic premise of an ecolabel and environmental standard; provide an overview of the current landscape and trends in ecolabels and standards; and review how they are currently being evaluated for procurement by the US federal government; and integrated into guidance by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.

Join us to learn...

  • How ecolabels and standards play into reducing your organization’s supply chain impacts;
  • How to ask the right questions, and generate a view of what is credible and applicable for your organization.
  • Insight into how the US federal government is tackling this challenge of integrating sustainability into it’s procurement, and the importance of standards and ecolabels in that process.


Dr. Anastasia O’Rourke has over 16 years of consulting experience providing expert sustainability and analysis services. Anastasia specializes in sustainable purchasing and products, standards and ecolabels evaluations, and program design strategies. Dr. O’Rourke has extensive experience supporting programs that promote sustainable industry and the greening of products, cleantech investments, and sustainable entrepreneurship. She consults with clients including the United Nations Environmental Programme; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA); non-governmental organizations; and several companies. She previously co-founded Big Room Inc, which provides online tools to support green market development, including www.ecolabelindex.com and the www.doteco.info top level domain. Anastasia is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC); Is a Board member of the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council, and regularly lectures at Yale University.

Dr. O’Rourke holds a B.A. (Hons, 1st Class) from Sydney University, a M.Sc. in Industrial Environmental Management from Lund University Sweden, and a Ph.D. in environmental management and finance from Yale University. Anastasia is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

Alison Kinn Bennett is U.S. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Senior Advisor for sustainable products and purchasing. She co-founded and co-leads two influential networks within EPA—the Green Building Workgroup and the Sustainable Products & Purchasing Network—which bring together policy and technical staff to advance comprehensive, life cycle-based approaches to environmental and human  health protection.  Since 2001, Alison has served in EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, focusing her efforts on voluntary consensus standards and specifications for greener building products and construction services. In this role, Alison represents EPA in the development of sustainability standards within ASTM International, NSF International, UL-Environment, and the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovations Institute.  Alison is currently leading EPA’s pilot effort to develop Guidelines for assessing environmental performance standards and ecolabels for use in Federal purchasing per Presidential Executive Order 13693.  Alison is also representing EPA on the advisory committees of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, the Responsible Purchasing Network, ISEAL’s Claims Guidance, and UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement Program. Alison earned Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Geography from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture.


September 22, 2016 11:00 AM
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