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State Electronics Challenge Annual Awards & Environmental Results

Congratulations to the 28 State Electronics Challenge (SEC) Partners that submitted annual reporting data and received individualized sustainability reports.  And 14 Partners are being recognized for their achievements with awards.  The cumulative results were among the most impressive ever. 

2018 Partner Environmental Benefits

 

 

Purchasing EPEAT® Products & Paper Use Reduction

Use

Reuse & Recycling

TOTAL BENEFITS

 

Reduction In

How Much?

How Much?

Equivalent To

 

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Energy use

2,037,369 kWh

64,895,878

kWh

22,639,336

kWh

 1,625,084,453

kWh

Electricity to power 133,390 U.S. households/ year

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Greenhouse gas emissions

300,234

metric tons of carbon equivalents

11,611,033

 metric

tons of carbon equivalents

1,008,433 metric

tons of carbon equivalent

12,919,769

metric tons of carbon equivalents

Removing 2,808,645 cars from the road/year

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Toxic materials, including lead & mercury

849 lbs.

653,143 lbs.

24,681 lbs.

678,673 lbs.

Weight of

135,735 bricks

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Municipal solid waste

94,771 lbs.

2,752,530 lbs.

526,491

 lbs.

3,394,620

 lbs.

Waste generated by 835 households/year

 

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Hazardous waste

850 lbs.

44,380 lbs.

227,315 lbs.

272,545 lbs.

Weight of 1,021 refrigerators

2018 Award Winners

SEC Partner

Recognition

Lifecycle Phases

Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Pennsylvania

Gold

Purchasing, Use, & End-of-Life Management

City of Corvallis, Oregon

Gold

Purchasing, Use, & End-of-Life Management

City of Fort Collins, Colorado

Gold

Purchasing, Use, & End-of-Life Management

City of La Crosse, Wisconsin

Gold

Purchasing Use, & End-of-Life Management

Providence School Department, Rhode Island

Gold

Purchasing, Use, & End-of-Life Management

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Gold

Purchasing, Use, & End-of-Life Management

Regional Technology Coalition / State College, Pennslvania

Gold

Purchasing, Use, & End-of-Life Management

Ball State University, Indiana

Silver

Purchasing & End-of-Life Management

City of Columbia, South Carolina

Silver

Purchasing & End-of-Life Management

City & County of Denver, Colorado

Silver

Purchasing & End-of-Life Management

City of Keene, New Hampshire

Silver

Purchasing & Use

Maryland Department of Transportation

Silver

Purchasing & End-of-Life Management

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Silver

Purchasing & End-of-Life Management

Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania

Bronze

Purchasing

The environmental results and award winners are listed on the State Electronics Challenge website.

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NERC's listserv for Advancing Organics Management in the Northeast 

This unique listserv is an opportunity to share information about what’s happening with organics management. It is open to anyone interested in advancing organics diversion in the Northeast.  Learn more at the Organics Listserv website.

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Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH)

TPCH supports the implementation of toxics in packaging laws and the reduction of heavy metals in the waste stream on behalf of its member states.
Learn more at the TPCH website

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The State Electronics Challenge (SEC)

The SEC encourages state, regional, and local governments to purchase greener computers, reduce the impacts of computer use, and manage obsolete computers in an environmentally safe way.
Learn more at the SEC website

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Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC)

ERCC provides a forum for information exchange among state agencies implementing electronics recycling laws and all impacted stakeholders.
Learn more at the ERCC website

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NERC’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Listserv (EPPnet)

EPPnet links federal, state, and local environmental officials, and private procurement specialists charged with purchasing green products and services and developing policies for the procurement of these products.
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