Staff

Melanie Bower

Melanie Bower

EPEAT Program Director

As EPEAT Program Director, Melanie leads the EPEAT program, including strategic planning, operations management, and stakeholder engagement. Melanie is responsible for managing key relationships that assure EPEAT’s continued success, overseeing the infrastructure of the EPEAT registry, implementing new standards in EPEAT, developing the conformity assurance processes that assure and maintain the accuracy of the declarations in the registry, overseeing CABs, and facilitating the EPEAT Advisory Council.

Prior to joining GEC, Melanie served as Sr. Program Manager at Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), an international accreditation body that oversees several widely used social auditing systems. At SAAS, she managed the oversight activities for 23 international certification bodies, ensuring that social audits were conducted in conformance with applicable standards. Melanie was responsible for developing performance metrics and indicators to drive improvements within SAAS’s systems. In addition to her work with standards systems, Melanie worked on a variety of assessment and evaluation projects for New York based non-profits.

Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York, where she wrote her thesis on environmental indicators for sustainable food systems, and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.

Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador

Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador

EPEAT Operations Manager

Lindsay develops verification processes, manages third-party auditors, provides technical support to participating manufacturers and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the EPEAT conformity assessment systems. These efforts help to ensure the credibility and accuracy of the EPEAT product categories.

Lindsay has more than 10 years of experience working in product and system certification, including as Program Director of an internationally recognized ISO 17065 accredited certification body for products used in organic agriculture. She has developed inspection procedures, verification criteria, administrative procedures, and other conformity assurance documents. Most recently, Lindsay served on a number of international government and agency stakeholder task forces to review, write, and update standards. She is knowledgeable of many types of standard development and interpretation processes, and specializes in highly technical standards requiring a great deal of expertise to interpret and perform conformity assurance activities.

Lindsay holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University and M.S. in Geography. She is fluent in Spanish.

Erin Gately

Erin Gately

Conformity Assurance Manager

As EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager, Erin Gately manages Quality Assurance programs including the execution of regular Verification Investigations, carried out by independent contractors. Erin also provides direct assistance to Participating Manufacturers to ensure they understand the conformity requirements for product declarations, and participates in content development for the Green Electronics Council’s training programs.

Erin comes to the Green Electronics Council from Hewlett-Packard, where she worked over 19 years in a variety of roles, most recently as Worldwide Product Stewardship Manager in the Personal Systems Group. Her job functions included assuring Hewlett-Packard products’ conformance with environmental product requirements and certifications. She is familiar with the efforts required to comply with complex environmental specifications, and aware of the challenges manufacturers encounter in managing electronics supply chains that span the globe.

Erin has a MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a focus on Sustainable Business. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineer from the University of Miami. She is currently working in the Certificate Program in the Essentials of Green Chemistry through UC Berkeley Extension. Erin has been profiled by Sierra Club Magazine and by WGBH Boston as a sustainability leader.

Liz Hardee

Liz Hardee

Conformity Assurance Coordinator

Liz is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and well-rounded sustainable business professional with specific expertise in corporate climate change strategies and environmental policy analysis. She joined GEC’s EPEAT staff in 2017 to support the execution of the program’s regular verification investigations.
Prior to joining the Green Electronics Council team, Liz was Senior Analyst at The Climate Trust, a 501(c) (3) organization providing financing to innovative, land-based carbon offset projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and United States. Her experience in carbon markets makes her well-versed in the consistent implementation of standards which ensure environmental integrity and in the day to day management of environmental projects and programs. Liz is also a published writer of reports on the potential for a carbon pricing mechanism in Oregon and on crediting farmer s for nutrient stewardship in crop agriculture.
Liz holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in sustainable business from Portland State University.

Becca Hawkins

Becca Hawkins

Program Assistant

Becca provides administrative support to the internal processes for Green Electronics Council and the EPEAT program. She divides her time between supporting the financial processes and the EPEAT conformity assurance program.
Becca has over five years of experience working in the non-profit sphere. Prior to joining GEC, Becca worked as a bookkeeper at Susan Matlack Jones & Associates (SMJ), specializing in non-profit financial statements. At SMJ she was responsible for the creation of monthly financial statements for several local non-profits.
Prior to working at SMJ, Becca has worked at various non-profits helping them streamline their processes and procedures. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from University of California, Santa Cruz. In her spare time, Becca enjoys hiking, exploring Portland and volunteering.