Free Webinar: Healthcare Sustainability Roadmap – Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal

Wednesday, April 27, 2016  11:00 AM PDT / 2:00PM EDT

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Because electronics are produced and recycled globally; because they are highly resource-intensive products that contain toxic and environmentally harmful materials; reductions in impact through better product selection and management can have positive results for human health and the environment around the world.

The Green Electronics Council and Healthcare Sustainability Roadmap, a program of the American Hospital Association, recently released a new instructional document titled The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal. Written with hospitals in mind, this free paper walks sustainability and facility managers through the steps to safer procurement, management and disposal of electronic equipment.

Join the Sustainability Roadmap’s Laura Faye, Practice Greenhealth’s Lauren Kleinman, and Green Electronic Council’s Andrea Desimone for an introduction to this document, as well as an overview of the American Hospital Association’s Performance Improvement Measures (how-to guides) and Practice Greenhealth’s Healthier Hospitals Initiative and Smarter Purchasing Challenge.

Participants will gain an understanding of the Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal document and will come away with clear strategies for implementing a green electronics purchasing and management policy.

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Panelists

Laura Faye (some of you may know her as Laura Brannen) has 25 years of healthcare experience and is the founding executive director of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, the first membership organization dedicated to improving healthcare’s environmental impacts. She helped the American Hospital Association led development of its Sustainability Roadmap – a free national clearinghouse of tools for healthcare organizations to help them get the work done .  Today, Laura continues her work in BLUE Environmental Performance, helping hospitals save resources by imbedding sustainability into the culture of organizations.

Lauren Kleinman is the Project Manager for Healthier Hospitals, a free program of Practice Greenhealth, which has over 1300 hospitals committed to environmental best practices such as reducing energy and waste, choosing safer and less toxic products, and purchasing and serving healthier food. Prior to joining the organization, Lauren earned a dual Masters in Environment and Natural Resources / Public Policy and Administration while she worked as an Administrative Manager in health care.

Andrea Desimone is the Purchaser Relationship Manager for the Green Electronics Council, the organization that manages the EPEAT Registry. Andrea works with purchasers across all sectors to help them implement green procurement and lifecycle management policies for electronics. Andrea also manages the annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards, which recognize excellence in green procurement of electronics.

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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winner

Over their lifetime, the EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Bowdoin College in 2014 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • 30,213 kWh of Electricity, enough to power 2.5 U.S. households for a year
  • 190 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 2 refrigerators
  • 5,155 kg of CO2, equivalent to removing 4 average U.S. passenger cars from the road for a year
  • 10.33 kg of mercury, enough to fill 9 mercury fever thermometers
  • 311 kg of solid waste
  • 10,391 kg of primary materials
  • 66 kg of water emissions
  • 20 metric tons of air emissions

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago is a 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winner

Over their lifetime, the EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Loyola University Chicago in 2013 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • 20,786 kWh of Electricity, enough to power 2 U.S. households for a year
  • 325 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 3 refrigerators
  • 3,588 kg of CO2, equivalent to removing 3 average U.S. passenger cars from the road for a year
  • 5.23 kg of mercury, enough to fill 6 mercury fever thermometers
  • 240 kg of solid waste
  • 7,337 kg of primary materials
  • 31.34 kg of water emissions
  • 14 metric tons of air emissions

 

Green Electronics Council Names Nancy Gillis as CEO

Green Electronics Council (GEC), the nonprofit that manages the EPEAT green-rating system for electronics, has named Nancy Gillis as its Chief Executive Officer. Gillis, a former senior executive with Ernst & Young (EY) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), will begin her tenure at GEC on March 1, 2016.

“As GEC nears its tenth anniversary, we’re thrilled to have Nancy lead the organization as we seek to grow our global impact,” said Alan Keith, chair of the GEC Board of Directors. “Her familiarity with our flagship EPEAT program, experience with both public- and private-sector procurement organizations and her proven ability to lead stakeholder-driven organizations makes her a fantastic match.”

Gillis brings more than 20 years of senior leadership and sustainability experience. She joins GEC from EY, the third-largest professional services firm in the world. Gillis served as EY’s Global Lead for Resilient and Responsible Supply Chains. In this role, she worked with global Fortune 100 companies on sustainable sourcing, supplier risk identification and mitigation, and leveraging sustainability to increase competitiveness and foster supplier innovation.

Prior to EY, Gillis was appointed the Director of the Federal Supply Chain office at GSA. Her responsibilities included developing product environmental performance requirements and supplier evaluation criteria for use in federal procurements. She also served as the chair of a cross-governmental working group focused on expanding the use of sustainability standards and certifications in procurements and in helping federal agencies account for the GHG emissions attributable to the federal supplier base. Gillis has held senior positions in organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, SNV and the National Academies of Sciences and has led sustainability programs in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

“I am excited to bring to GEC my experience and passion in fostering collaboration among diverse interests to further sustainability,” Gillis said. “The global success of EPEAT has been built on cooperation among electronics purchasers, manufacturers and other stakeholder groups. I look forward to expanding GEC’s partnerships and increasing the impact of electronics in building a more healthy and sustainable world.”

Gillis obtained her graduate degree in communications technology from Georgetown University and undergraduate degree in government and politics from George Mason University. She currently resides in Virginia and will be moving to Portland, Oregon. Gillis succeeds Robert Frisbee, GEC’s first CEO, who retired in 2015.

Verification Round PC-2016-01 – Level 1 Investigations to Launch in March

Verification Round PC-2016-01 – Level 1 Investigations to Launch in March

The Plan for the first PCs and Displays Verification Round of the year (PC-2016-01) is now available. In this Round, all products and criteria will be randomly chosen. Eighty-four (84) Level 1 investigations are planned. In Level 1 investigations, an Auditor assesses Conformance to a criterion by examining information submitted by a Manufacturer. The Manufacturer is required to provide detailed and accurate information in a 30-day period. The Round will begin in early March.

The EPEAT Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the IEEE 1680.1 standard. These modules are designed to de-mystify the standard’s requirements and to illustrate the types of information needed during a Verification Round. Participating Manufacturers with questions about what information is needed to demonstrate conformance to a specific criterion may want to review these modules. If you do not yet have access to the Training Center, please email Andrea Desimone, and she will help you get started.

GEC is also happy to provide Participating Manufacturers with individual training sessions on what is needed to show conformance for specific criteria. Please email Susan Herbert to schedule an individual training session.

 

Verification Round PC-2016-01 – Level 1 Investigations to Launch in March

The Plan for the first PCs and Displays Verification Round of the year (PC-2016-01) is now available. In this Round, all products and criteria will be randomly chosen. Eighty-four (84) Level 1 investigations are planned. In Level 1 investigations, an Auditor assesses Conformance to a criterion by examining information submitted by a Manufacturer. The Manufacturer is required to provide detailed and accurate information in a 30-day period. The Round will begin in early March.

The EPEAT Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the IEEE 1680.1 standard. These modules are designed to de-mystify the standard’s requirements and to illustrate the types of information needed during a Verification Round. Participating Manufacturers with questions about what information is needed to demonstrate conformance to a specific criterion may want to review these modules. If you do not yet have access to the Training Center, please email Andrea Desimone, and she will help you get started.

GEC is also happy to provide Participating Manufacturers with individual training sessions on what is needed to show conformance for specific criteria. Please email Susan Herbert to schedule an individual training session.