FEMP13 Energy-Efficient Federal Purchasing

Course ID: FEMP13
Duration: 4.5 hours
AIA Continuing Education logo Learning Units: 4.5 LU
Prerequisites: None
HSW: Yes
Federal Energy Management Program IACET CEUs: 0.50 CEU

This course provides hands-on learning and practice to teach professionals about finding, specifying, and selecting energy-efficient products. The course outlines the financial and environmental benefits of buying energy-efficient products, and summarizes the legal requirements underpinning Federal Acquisition Regulations, which mandate the purchase of ENERGY STAR, low standby power, and FEMP-designated products. This training covers both fundamental and intermediate topics, including how to integrate energy-efficiency into the procurement process and overcome potential barriers. Students that pass this course's Procurement Challenge and receive a certificate of completion have developed and demonstrated skills in complying with the law and saving money by buying energy-efficient products.

The instructors for this course are Amanda Sahl, Program Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Energy-Efficient Product Procurement program, and Christopher Payne, Research Scientist and Deputy Group Leader of the Sustainable Federal Operations Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ms. Sahl leads the effort to help agencies meet mandates to procure ENERGY STAR labeled and FEMP designated energy-efficient products. She previously led FEMP's Federal Fleet Management program and has worked for the Department of Energy since 2007. She is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) and a LEED Green Associate. Prior to joining DOE, Ms. Sahl received her Master's of Environmental Science from Yale University. Dr. Payne has a Ph.D. in Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, a M.S. in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.A. in Physics with a concentration in Technology & Policy Studies from Carleton College. Dr. Payne's research activities include use of public sector procurement as a technology diffusion and market transformation mechanism; development, implementation, and evaluation of public sector sustainability policies; and institutional/organizational decision-making related to energy and environmental performance and practice. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will be able to:

  • comply with federal laws requiring the procurement of energy-efficient products;
  • use the FEMP web site and the ENERGY STAR web site to determine federal efficiency requirements, calculate life cycle costs, obtain buying guidance, and write contract solicitations for products that you purchase on behalf of your agency;
  • respond to requests for products that do not meet federal energy efficiency requirements;
  • budget for efficient purchasing;
  • improve the federal purchasing resources that are available;
  • use GSA Advantage and manufacturer web sites to obtain efficient products;
  • save money for your agency and the federal government; and
  • reduce the environmental impact of product purchases.

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