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{Past Event} - How To Series: Responsible Purchase of Computers with a Kaiser Permanente Case Study

December 19, 2008 - 2:00 pm - December 19, 2008 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


With the heavy metals, high use and short life of computers and related equipment, it’s ripe for focus on environmentally preferable purchasing strategies. Electronics are the fastest growing waste stream, ongoing technology advancements and new construction and renovation lead to a constantly changing program. What can be done to green the IT Department and its processes in the health care environment?


  • Understand the relationship between IT product and operations choices and environmental degradation
  • Identify tools and resources to assist in IT purchase and management decisions
  • Identify tools and techniques for communicating ‘green IT’ expectations to suppliers.
  • Identify drivers for green IT on an industry level and at Kaiser Permanente
  • Defining lifecycle management of IT products at Kaiser Permanente


Sarah O’Brien, Green Electronics Council
Telephone: 802/479-0317
Sarah O’Brien of the Green Electronics Council educates private and public purchasers about using EPEAT (the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) to “green” electronics purchasing. In her previous position as Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program Manager for H2E/Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, Ms. O’Brien assisted health care organizations across North America to improve their environmental performance through purchasing initiatives. Earlier, as a Senior Outreach Associate with the national nonprofit INFORM, Ms O’Brien helped state, local and Federal government agencies, educational and enterprise purchasers in the US to reduce their purchase of products containing persistent toxic chemicals. As an environmental health advocate for the National Wildlife Federation and Vermont Public Interest Research Group, she was involved in legislative advocacy and public education efforts around toxics issues throughout the Northeast United States. She is an honors graduate of Yale University and a former Board member of the US National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Rachael Baker, Kaiser Permanente
Rachael Baker is the Environmental Supply Chain Manager at Kaiser Permanente where she is responsible for managing the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program. The program utilizes a variety of sourcing strategies, business forums and disclosure mechanisms to educate suppliers about KP’s vision for environmental stewardship, set expectations for product stewardship, and transform the market of health care products and services to phase out known human and environmental hazards. Rachael works across KP’s sourcing areas, including Medical, Capital, IT, and Business Products and Professional Services, to imbed critical environmental considerations into the procurement process and supply chain with the ultimate goal to reduce the organization’s use and degradation of natural resources and minimize patient and worker exposure to harmful substances. Rachael has focused on improving environmental stewardship in the healthcare field for the past six years focusing on operations, healthy food, green building, and procurement. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy in New York and is LEED Accredited Professional from the U.S. Green Building Council. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband.

Pradeep Saxena, Kaiser Permanente
In his role as a IT Sourcing Director, Pradeep is responsible for sourcing IT hardware products and related infrastructure services for Kaiser. The products and services cover servers, clients (desktop and laptop computers), storage, networking devices as well as the associated professional services. Strategic sourcing and supplier management is key to this role. The increasing utilization of IT products in healthcare has led to a growing demand for servers, clients and storage devices within the datacenters as well as outside: this growth manifests itself as an opportunity as well as a practical necessity for environmentally prudent sourcing and operations, particularly with respect to power and space consumption and product disposal. Therefore, environmentally preferable purchasing is key to Pradeep’s role at the confluence of IT and Procurement and Supply organizations at Kaiser. Pradeep has 20 years of experience in environmental science and engineering and nine years of IT experience focussing on IT infrastructure operations, sourcing and supplier management, most recently with the IT department of Sun Microsystems (Menlo Park, CA) and the Environment Division of the Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, CA). Pradeep holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from IIT (New Delhi), University of Arizona (Tucson) and Stanford University, respectively.

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