Sep 16, 2015

Free webinar: Strategies & Tools for Purchasing Products Made With Safer Chemicals

 Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11 am - 12:30 pm Pacific/2 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern

There are tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce in the United States, many of which may have a range of negative impacts on health, the environment, and the economy during their lifecycle. It should be a key part of any sustainable purchasing program to understand which of these chemicals could pose hazards in products and services procured, and how to find safer alternatives. The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Responsible Purchasing Network, and Green Electronics Council have joined together to present this webinar on steps that public and private institutions can take to purchase products with safer chemistries. The webinar will cover a new report from the sponsoring organizations on how six leading institutions have taken advanced steps to purchase products with safer chemistries, including how they are engaging with their staff, suppliers, and other stakeholders. The webinar will also identify key steps that can be taken by purchasers who are just starting to look at chemicals in the products they buy, as well as those who are more advanced in doing so, including understanding ecolabels.

The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production has teamed up with the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), and the Green Electronics Council to highlight steps institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors can take to identify and procure products made with safer chemicals and materials. 

New Report Makes it Easier to Purchase Safer Products
This webinar will showcase a new report from the sponsoring organizations that shows how six leading institutions have taken steps to purchase safer products by engaging their staff, suppliers and other stakeholders. 

This workshop can also help purchasers who are just getting started -- by introducing them tools such as credible third-party eco-labels, which make it easy to find products that are among the safest in their class.

Join us to learn about strategies you can use to determine which products are the most likely to contain toxic chemicals and how to use your purchasing power to encourage suppliers to provide you with products that are safer for the people who make and use them -- and for the environment.

Amy Perlmutter, primary author of Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing
Colin Price, Oregon Environmental Council
Mary Dickinson, Perkins & Will
Alicia Culver, Responsible Purchasing Network
Sarah O'Brien, Green Electronics Council
Sam Hummel, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

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