Contracting for Efficiency: Why It Matters, What to Do, and Lessons from the Field  

Education Type: 
1 Hour
0.2 CEU

This course is an updated composite of three short-form webinars that the staff of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's energy-efficient product procurement team delivered in 2020. This training is a fairly comprehensive, but not exhaustive, in the federal procurement of energy–efficient products—aimed chiefly at contracting officers (COs), program managers/product specifiers, contractors providing indirect procurements on behalf of the federal enterprise, and others along the federal acquisition chain. The consolidated content of the three webinars is as follows:

Part 1: Introduction to Energy-Efficient Product Procurement (EEPP);
Part 2: Best Practices for Energy-Efficient Contracting; and
Part 3: Energy Efficiency in Procurement: Federal Spotlights.

Most of the material in the webinars has been re-recorded; the exception is material offered by guest experts in the final webinar.


Sravan Chalasani, Senior Research Associate, LBNL  

Sravan Chalasani is a senior research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sravan is a energy-efficient product procurement (EEPP) team member and a lead for EEPP impacts modeling and analysis under different compliance scenarios.

Molly Morabito, Senior Research Associate, LBNL  

Molly Morabito is a senior research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is a energy-efficient product procurement (EEPP) team member and an expert on EEPP solicitation and contracting language and procurement officials' perspectives on challenges to EEPP compliance.

Liyang Wang, Senior Research Associate, LBNL  

Liyang Wang is a senior research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Liyang is a energy-efficient product procurement (EEPP) team member, a solicitation review analyst, and an expert on compliance rates and challenges to EEPP compliance.

Renee Jewel, Senior Contracting Officer, U.S. Forest Service Region 5  

Renee Jewel is a senior contracting officer for the U.S. Forest Service. She was previously a contract officer at the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Rene Rendon, Associate Professor, Acquisition Management, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Graduate School of Defense Management  

Rene Rendon is an associate professor of acquisition management at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Graduate School of Defense Management. She was previously a senior contracting office at the U.S. Air Force.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize information about federal statutory requirements for the procurement of energy-efficient products;
  • Increase knowledge about the types of products covered by federal EEPP requirements and how these products relate to federal energy consumption;
  • Articulate the impacts of federal procurement of efficient products (estimated reductions in energy use, energy cost and associated greenhouse gas emissions) and the missed economic and environmental benefits arising from non-compliance;
  • Specify when federal EEPP requirements come into play (e.g., different procurement avenues, direct and indirect);
  • Define how to meet the federal requirements through solicitations and contracts;
  • Direct COs to sample contract language and educate them in integrating that language and product specifications into solicitations and purchase contracts of different types;
  • Recognize the dos and don'ts of federal EEPP solicitations and contracts;
  • Identify actual rates of compliance in federal solicitations, based on LBNL periodic solicitation reviews;
  • Recognize the most commonly cited challenges to compliance; and
  • Identify best practices for EEPP.
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