Jeff is responsible for overall management of the EPEAT registry, maintaining credibility of the registry through verification, and overseeing relationships with certification bodies around the world. Jeff organized the Green Electronics Council in 2005, and became the founding executive director of EPEAT in 2006 after a broad group of stakeholders selected GEC to manage the EPEAT system.
Previously, Jeff was the Managing Principal of a consultancy focused on helping companies develop effective management systems and achieve registration to ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. In this role Jeff worked with dozens of electronics and other companies to improve their environmental performance. Jeff started his career as an engineer in the computer industry in the Silicon Valley and held a variety of product development and manufacturing management roles where he often evaluated component and materials suppliers globally.
Jeff grew up in Montana and received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Montana State. He later received an MS in Management Systems Engineering from Stanford University on an executive fellowship in the Honors Co-op Program.
Susan joined the Green Electronics Council in January 2013 to help ensure the credibility and accuracy of the EPEAT product categories. In her role, she develops verification processes, manages third-party auditors, provides technical support to participating companies and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the EPEAT conformity assessment systems.
Susan has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing conformity assurance programs, performing lifecycle-based investigations, developing environmental leadership standards and overseeing large multi-stakeholder consensus processes. She is a recognized expert in environmental standards development, independent verification processes and sustainability positioning. Most recently with TerraChoice / UL Environment, Susan spearheaded the development, implementation and launch of a new validation-services subsidiary and ensured the organization’s consulting services had the scientific rigor and responsiveness depended on by purchasers, stakeholders and the public.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering, and undertook postgraduate studies in mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto. She spends her time in both Ottawa, Ontario and Portland, Oregon.
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.
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.
As Credibility Manager, Melanie Bower is responsible for implementing and overseeing quality management systems for the EPEAT Program. Her role includes gaining and maintaining accreditation to ISO 17020 and ISO 17065 and assessing the EPEAT program in relation to other environmental standards and eco-labels. She will also help lead strategic discussions and work relating to the effectiveness of certification and ecolabeling standards and approaches, standard setting processes and impact monitoring and reporting.
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.
Wayne manages EPEAT’s technical product verification process and also is EPEAT’s primary liaison to the IEEE committees that develop and revise the IEEE 1680 series of standards on which EPEAT is based and is a co-chair of the IEEE Environmental Assessment Sub-Committee (EASC). Wayne is EPEAT’s primary liaison to the IEEE committees that develop and revise the IEEE 1680 series of standards on which EPEAT is based, and is a co-chair of the IEEE Environmental Assessment Standards Sub-Committee (EASC).
Wayne initiated and, as a contractor to the Zero Waste Alliance, co-managed the stakeholder process to develop EPEAT that resulted in the development and publication of IEEE 1680. Prior to that he participated as a negotiator in the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI), a project to design a system for recycling discarded electronic products in the US.. Prior to joining GEC, he managed a consulting practice and has worked with municipalities and other waste system operators globally to develop effective solid waste policies.
Wayne continues to undertake research and leadership activity in electronics and the environment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) and teaches graduate-level classes on Product Design and Stewardship in the Portland State University School of Business. Wayne has a BS from Amherst College and a MS from Harvard.
Pamela is the Green Electronics Council’s lead for designing and managing standard development processes and special projects. Pamela co-chaired the IEEE 1680.2 Working Group managing and facilitating the multi-stakeholder process for the electronic imaging equipment standard and assisted in development of the parallel IEEE 1680.3 standard for televisions. Currently, Pamela is supporting the development of the NSF International 426 Environmental Leadership Standards for Servers and the UL 110 Standard for Sustainability for Mobile Phones.
Previously, Pamela managed and facilitated the development of the ground-breaking Outdoor Industry Association and European Outdoor Group Eco Index Green Standard and facilitated the multi-stakeholder process for the Council for Responsible Sport to revise and expand their sustainability standard for certifying sporting events.
Pamela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.