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Session 10: Internet Tools

Thursday, July 17, 1997
10:45 - 12:00 pm



This session highlighted new tools on the World Wide Web that can facilitate electronic commerce by expediting purchasing requests and enabling officials to requisition products with environmental attributes. Rick Wickman moderated the session. He is an environmental engineer and serves as NASA's representative to the Interagency Energy Management Task Force.

Speaker 1: Larry Hourcle, Professor of Environmental Law, The George Washington University

Mr. Hourcle previously worked at DOD and with the Air Force JAG. He is the manager of an Internet project with Mitre Tech, which is an offshoot of the Mitre Corporation dealing with information technology and the environment. It is a 501(c)3 organization (charitable research). They have been working jointly with George Washington University on developing an Internet search tool for use by potential purchasers of environmentally preferable products. Mr. Hourcle has been involved with EPP for 4 or 5 years.

He began by presenting the scenario of Southern California having an air pollution problem, while other areas of the country having other environmental concerns. The purpose of electronic commerce should be to make it easier for people to purchase the most appropriate items for their particular situation by delivering reliable information about them to a potential purchaser. He referred to GSA's cleaning products catalog and said the outcome can be a confusing matrix. He asked rhetorically, "...can we make it easier?"

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