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Climate Friendly Government Purchasing

About This Speaker Series

As part of our Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series, we invite guest speakers to share their views on sustainable consumption to get participants thinking and talking about new strategies for achieving our environmental goals.

Please note the opinions, ideas, or data presented by non-EPA speakers in this series do not represent EPA policy or constitute endorsement by EPA.


Contact: Ashley Zanolli
(, 206-553-4425

This webinar was offered as part of the Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series.

Government and higher education institutions are huge purchasers of products and services. Efforts to harness this purchasing power to benefit the environment and save money must go beyond a focus on single attributes like recycled content and toxicity to encompass life-cycle impacts and greenhouse gas reductions.

While the goal of reducing environmental impacts of government purchasing has been around for decades, the tools and approaches are changing quickly. Join us to learn about the exciting work of the West Coast Forum’s Government Purchasing for Climate Protection Workgroup.

  • Learn about our latest findings on the high carbon-impact categories of government purchasing, and
  • Hear about how two state governments have developed strategies to reduce the climate impacts of their purchasing decisions.

Register for this webinar, the last in a series of three leading up to the Forum’s Annual Meeting, to hear more about how you can integrate sustainable materials management into your work.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:30am PT or 12:30pm ET


Leslie Kochan, Waste Reduction Specialist - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Leslie Kochan is a Waste Reduction Specialist in the Solid Waste Program of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. She has over 25 years experience working on toxics, water quality, and materials management issues. She currently co-facilitates the EPA Forum’s Government Purchasing for Climate Protection Workgroup. She has a M.S. in Urban & Environmental Policy/Public Health from Tufts University (Boston).

Leslie will provide an overview of the work of the West Coast Forum’s Government Purchasing for Climate Protection Workgroup, including what low carbon purchasing is and is not and how to avoid single attribute bias. She will also discuss the relationship between public institutions and GHG emissions and how GHG emissions inventories as well as other critical studies have been used to determine high carbon-impact categories. Lastly, Leslie will discuss the Workgroup’s movement towards the development of a climate friendly purchasing toolkit for public institutions.

Madalyn Cioci, Senior Program Administrator - Pollution Control Agency
Madalyn Cioci is a Senior Program Administrator in waste and pollution prevention at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Her current projects include increasing materials reuse as a part of sustainable consumption, reducing emissions of endocrine active chemicals from thermal receipt papers and reducing the environmental impacts of state purchasing. She holds degrees from Vassar College and the University of Michigan.

Madalyn will share how the MPCA is working to concretely incorporate knowledge from environmental life cycle analysis into Minnesota state purchasing. Hear results to date of the MPCA’s EPA-funded pilot project to reduce life cycle greenhouse gas impacts in two product categories: purchased information technology services and apparel.

Tina Simcich, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Coordinator - Washington State Department of Ecology
Tina Simcich is the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Coordinator for the Waste 2 Resources Program of the Washington State Department of Ecology. She works with state and local government agencies to help shift their purchasing dollars to products and services that are safer for human health and the environment. Tina has a MPA from the Evergreen State College and is a member of the Washington State chapter of the National Institute of Government Purchasers.

Tina will provide a case study of Washington State Department of Ecology’s IT efficiency and server virtualization projects which have succeeded in reducing operating costs and helped the agency meet state greenhouse gas reduction priorities. IT procurement is an example of how institutions can identify areas to leverage both economic and environmental benefits.

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