ProductBio: Making climate commitments possible through data science

Data Science for Sustainability
Data Science for Sustainability
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• 6:30-7:00 open networking
• 7-8pm talk

Shopping with the future in mind: New reporting metrics for SDG 12
(Making climate commitments possible through data science for sustainable consumption and production)

Speaker: Angela Chen is founder and CEO of Workpology, Inc. (DBA recognized by the California State Senate as one of the nation's largest green procurement product-level data providers and green spend management solutions for government and businesses. Creating ProductBio as a central component of a major EPA environmentally preferable purchasing initiative unveiled in 2013 by executive order under the federal acquisition regulation, today ProductBio provides product upgrades to cities, schools, and businesses, servicing over 26 municipalities to help steward more than $2.5 billion in procurement spend across the country and growing. M.Phil University of Cambridge, B.A. UC Berkeley // Recent Speaking Invitations: 2017 UNEP Brussels Presenter, 2016 and 2015 Business for Social Responsibility Plenary Speaker, 2014 Code for America Technology Showcase Speaker

The topic: In this talk, learn how cities in California are increasing the number of companies publishing sustainability reports by using its data-driven procurement intelligence system powered by the B&L (Benefits and Liabilities) natural value accounting system and scenario planning tools to give them more control over how they consume goods and services. Not only is their new sustainability management system helping to identify cost savings, but it also provides the sustainability gains beyond their operational and capital expenditure items, reducing the need to pay more for sustainable products and resulting in huge cost savings for the city while incentivising greater transparency and quantitative performance benchmarking in reporting from suppliers.