The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Executive Order 14057 require agencies to prioritize the purchase of sustainable products and services. This includes procurement strategies to reduce contractor emissions and embodied emissions in products acquired or used in Federal projects. What impact will this requirement have on performance contracting projects? This training session will discuss why, where, and how to approach sustainable and low carbon materials and products and other requirements such as Buy American Act (BAA) in performance contracts and other government procurements.
Allison Ackerman, Program Manager. Energy-Efficient Product Procurement, Healthy Buildings, DOE: Department of Energy - Federal Energy Management Program
Rachel Shepherd, Distributed Energy and Energy Procurement Program Leader, Federal Energy Management Program
Michael Bloom, High-Performance Buildings Program Advisor, U.S. General Services Administration
Cate Berard, Team Lead for Sustainability, U.S. Department of Energy
Upon completion of this session attendees will:
- Identify resources and tools that are available for sustainable procurement in performance contracts;
- Recognize the components of the BAA and how it contributes to sustainable purchasing;
- Identify how to apply sustainable purchasing to the IRA in performance contracts; and
- Recognize why it is important to think beyond energy and water savings in performance contracting materials, but also look at the sustainability and carbon footprint of what is procured.