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Date: April 14, 2017

State Electronics Challenge Receives 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award from Green Electronics Council

The Green Electronics Council (GEC), managers of the EPEAT ecolabel, recently honored SEC Green Electronics Challenge Awardthe State Electronics Challenge (www.stateelectronicschallenge.net) - a program of the Northeast Recycling Council - with its 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award. The EPEAT Purchaser Award and Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award winners were recognized at a ceremony in Washington DC, sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world's leading innovation companies.  

The State Electronics Challenge was awarded the Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award for its achievements spanning almost 10 years.  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.

In just 2016, the activities of program participants resulted in the following environmental benefits.

 

 

Purchasing EPEAT® Products

Use

Reuse & Recycling

TOTAL BENEFITS

 

Reduction In

How Much?

How Much?

Equivalent To

 

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Energy use

  12,502,622 kWh

  81,156,552 kWh

55,248,211

kWh

148,907,385

kWh

Electricity to power  13,722 U.S. households/ year

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Greenhouse gas emissions

  15,183

metric tons of carbon equivalents

198,124

 metric

tons of carbon equivalents

5,891 metric

tons of carbon equivalent

219,198

metric tons of carbon equivalents

Removing 171,006 cars from the road/year

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Toxic materials, including lead & mercury

56 lbs.

7 lbs.

32 lbs.

95 lbs.

Weight of

21 bricks

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Municipal solid waste

245,237 lbs.

1,584,415

 lbs.

2,349,840

 lbs.

4,179,492

 lbs.

Waste generated by 1,007 households annually

 

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Hazardous waste

66,002 lbs.

30,673 lbs.

504,429 lbs.

601,104 lbs.

Weight of 2,120 refrigerators

Currently, the program has 167 partner organizations who purchase EPEAT-registered IT products, as well as implementing power and paper usage conservation strategies, and ensuring the responsible recycling of electronics at the end-of-life.