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State College, PA, Regional Technology Program Recognized for its Environmental Accomplishments in 2009

International City/County Management Association,
May 25, 2010

The State College Regional Technology Program has received recognition from a Northeast program—the State Electronics Challenge—for its environmental stewardship of computer equipment in 2009. The Regional Technology Program participants include Patton Township, Ferguson Township, the State College Borough, College Township, the Centre Region Council of Governments, and the Centre Area Transportation Authority.

Through the Centre Region’s efforts to buy “green” computers and properly manage unwanted computer equipment at the end-of-life, the Technology Program has avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 24 cars from the roads and enough energy savings to power 42 Pennsylvania homes. And, it did it by buying only desktop computers and monitors that met the highest environmental standards as defined by the Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®), as well as ensuring that computer equipment was recycled by companies with strong environmental standards.

In addition, by purchasing “green” computers, the Regional Technology Program avoided the use of 14 pounds of toxic materials such as lead and mercury in the manufacture of new computers, while recycling computers at the end-of-life avoided the generation of more than 1,300 pounds of hazardous waste. The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a program that assists state, regional, and local governments in the Northeast to reduce the environmental impact of their computers. It annually recognizes the accomplishments of Partner organizations. In addition to its environmental accomplishments through the SEC, the Regional Technology Program received a bronze level recognition for its end-of-life recycling program for computer equipment.

The SEC is a voluntary program developed and administered by the Northeast Recycling Council. The SEC provides an opportunity for state, regional, and local government to reduce the environmental impact of the more than $35 billion worth of technology equipment purchased annually by state and local governments in the U.S. Currently, 38 state, regional, and local government agencies, collectively employing almost 50,000 people, have joined the SEC as Partners. For more information on the SEC, including a list of current Partner organizations, visit www.stateelectronicschallenge.net.

For more information, contact Lynn Rubinstein, Program Manager, State Electronics Challenge at 802-254-3636, lynn@nerc.org.