Green Electronics Council Honors UVM's Leadership in Sustainable Procurement of Electronics

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The Green Electronics Council (GEC), managers of the EPEAT ecolabel, presented 37 organizations with a 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award in recognition of their leadership in the procurement of sustainable IT products. When combined, the 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners realized cost savings of more than $33.8 million across the lifetime of their purchased products. Along with significant cost savings, the 37 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners also recognized considerable environmental benefits from their purchasing decisions including combined greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing more than 40,000 passenger cars from the road for a year; a reduction of nearly 769 metric tons of hazardous waste; solid waste savings equivalent to that produced by 2,078 average U.S. households each year; a reduction in energy usage by 327.5 million kWh; and avoidance of 513.8 metric tons of water pollutant emissions.

Large scale public and private sector purchasers globally rely on the EPEAT Registry, the leading online rating system of sustainable IT products, to identify and purchase sustainable IT products.   “The EPEAT ecolabel was established to provide large-scale purchasers a way to identify credible sustainable IT products,” said Melanie Bower, Director of EPEAT. “The EPEAT Purchaser Awards allows us to recognize those organizations who chose to realize significant cost savings and positive environmental benefits by making informed decisions about the IT products they purchase.”

The Green Electronics Council recognized the EPEAT Purchaser Award winners at a ceremony sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world's leading innovation companies. Award ceremony speakers included Ian Kirk, a purchaser representative from the Canadian Government and Joel Sigler, Senior Manager of National Environmental Health & Safety at Kaiser Permanente.

The Green Electronics Council also honored the State Electronics Challenge with the 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award. Since 2008, the State Electronics Challenge has enabled state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to purchase and manage IT products in an environmentally sound manner.  The State Electronics Challenge currently has 167 partner organizations who purchase EPEAT-registered IT products.

This year’s EPEAT Purchaser Awardees represented local, state and national governments, healthcare systems, research facilities, school districts, higher education institutions, and private enterprise. In this - the awards program’s third year – the Green Electronics Council notably recognized first India-based EPEAT Purchaser Awardee.

Award winners were recognized for their purchases in three IT product categories: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment, and Televisions. Award winners earned one star for each product category in which they committed to purchasing EPEAT registered products.

University of Vermont was awaraded at the two-star level for purchases of almost $2 million of EPEAT registered computers, displays, and imaging equipment. 

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 112 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by University of Vermont in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 55.3 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 2 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 243 kg of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 2 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. household’s solid waste for 6 months—875 kg
  • Avoidance of 228 kg of water pollutant emissions

EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet, and often exceed, the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of 152,600 kWh of electricity—enough to power 12 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 27.6 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking  20 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $15,700 in lifetime cost savings
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