The primary roles of the Governance Committee (GC) are to: coordinate, guide, and advise the panels; ensure consistency among the panels where appropriate; make recommendations on key pilot phases; and add insight and perspective on the pilot’s value, scalability, and other questions on which EPA is seeking input through an overarching Final Pilot Report. As such, the GC will play a key role supporting the pilot’s immediate goals, as well as the potential opportunity to build momentum and leadership beyond the pilot. As part of an ongoing self-sustaining effort, the panels may therefore continue beyond the initial pilot period. GC membership may also involve:
- Helping to envision and potentially engage in a long-term effort to expand application of the guidelines (where deemed valuable) and maintain up-to-date assessments as part of a self-sustaining program.
- Serving as a liaison and helping the pilot effectively reach, and positively impact, key audiences within the pilot’s identified stakeholder groups.
The GC will include four representatives from the panels (one from each of the four panels), elected by the panels, as well as additional individuals who are not panel members, but instead can focus on the pilot’s broader objectives while adding balance and credibility to the GC. The list of GC participants is available here.
In addition to the criteria pertaining to panel members, the criteria for GC membership include:
- Familiarity and experience with several ecolabels and sustainability standards – content, approach, standard development processes, verification processes, etc.
- Ability to contribute to the overall goals of the pilot
- Ability to devote the necessary time to the GC (in addition to time required for panel membership) and willingness to help synthesize and represent panel outcomes