Buy Clean America: Building A Better Future for Our Workers, Industry, and Environment

Buy Clean America: Building A Better Future for Our Workers, Industry, and Environment

Event Contact

  • Sufia Alam
  • Communications Advisor
  • [email protected]
  • In 2019, Third Way and the BlueGreen Alliance co-hosted the Buy Clean Summit to discuss how the federal government can leverage its purchasing power to reduce industrial emissions and bolster US manufacturing.

    Fast forward to 2023. Thanks to the efforts of advocates and policy champions, the federal government prioritized the procurement of clean industrial materials. Most notably, the Biden Administration established the first-ever Buy Clean Task Force to implement low-carbon procurement practices across federal agencies, and the Inflation Reduction Act included over $5 billion in funding for embodied carbon disclosure and clean procurement. But there is still work to be done.

    Join Third Way and the BlueGreen Alliance at an in-person event featuring Ali Zaidi, White House National Climate Advisor, and former Congressman and Third Way Senior Visiting Fellow Tim Ryan, this Thursday, March 30 at 1:00 PM ET to discuss the future of Buy Clean and industrial policy. Together we will discuss the importance of worker-centered policies that will create good-paying jobs for middle-class families in communities across the country.

    Lunch will be served. Reception to follow.

    Event Agenda

    Introduction | 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

    Jason Walsh, BlueGreen Alliance

    Keynote Address #1 | 1:10 pm - 1:20 pm

    Administrator Robin Carnahan, General Services Administration

    Panel Discussion #1 | 1:25 pm - 2:00 pm
    Buying Clean: Leveraging Federal Purchasing Power to Secure Climate and Economic Goals

    Trisha Miller, White House

    Holly Elwood, Environmental Protection Agency

    Jetta Wong, General Services Administration

    Andrew Wishnia, Department of Transportation

    Moderated by Abigail Regitsky, Breakthrough Energy

    Panel Discussion #2 | 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
    Adopting Best Practices: State and Private Sector Buy Clean Efforts

    Scott Shell, ClimateWorks

    Katie Ross, Microsoft

    Kareem Hammoud, US Climate Alliance

    Moderated by Stacy Smedley, Building Transparency

    Break | 2:30 pm - 2:48 pm

    Keynote Address #2 | 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    Josh Freed, Third Way

    Ali Zaidi, White House

    Panel Discussion #3 | 3:20 pm - 3:55 pm
    Transforming Industry: Capitalizing on Investments in Clean Manufacturing

    Kevin Dempsey, American Iron and Steel Institute

    Christina Walrond, Department of Energy

    Hebah Kassem, Sierra Club

    Moderated by Ben Beachy, BlueGreen Alliance

    Fireside Chat | 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
    Connecting with Manufacturing Workers and their Communities

    Mike Williams, Center for American Progress

    Tim Ryan, Third Way

    Closing remarks | 4:20 pm - 4:25 pm

    John Milko, Third Way

    Reception | 4:25 pm - 5:25 pm

    Wifi Password: thehamilton
    Name: Hamilton Public