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Contact: Lynn Rubinstein,, 802-254-3636
Date: April 5, 2019

Environmental Leadership Program Announces Environmental Results & Awards for 2018

The State Electronics Challenge, a nationwide environmental sustainability initiative, has announced its 2018 environmental achievements and award winners. The Challenge assists state, regional, tribal, local governments and non-profit organizations to reduce the environmental impact of their electronic office equipment. 

The program focuses on green procurement, power and paper conservation, and responsible end-of-life recycling.  Participants are annually invited to report their activities and receive individual sustainability reports that describe the impact of their best management practices. 

In 2018, participants representing more than 60,000 employees achieved the following environmental benefits:

  • Energy saved equivalent to the electricity needed to power 133,390 US households/year,
  • Avoided Greenhouse Gas Emissions equivalent to removing 2,808,645 cars from the road/year,
  • Avoided solid waste generation equivalent to the amount generated by 835 households/year, and
  • Avoided the use of toxic materials in products equivalent to the weight of 135,735 bricks.

Recognized for their specific accomplishments:

Gold recognition – for excellence in green purchasing, energy and paper conservation, and recycling were:

  • Borough of State College, Pennsylvania
  • Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Pennsylvania
  • City of Corvallis, Oregon
  • City of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • City of La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Providence School Department, Rhode Island
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Silver recognition – for excellence in green purchasing and recycling were:

  • Ball State University, Indiana
  • City of Columbia, South Carolina
  • City & County of Denver, Colorado
  • Maryland Department of Transportation

Silver recognition – for excellence in green purchasing, and energy and paper conservation:

  • City of Keene, New Hampshire

Bronze recognition – for excellence in green purchasing:

  • Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania

The Northeast Recycling Council administers the State Electronics Challenge. Currently, 169 state, tribal, regional, colleges, schools, universities, and local government agencies, and non-profit organizations, representing more than 223,000 employees, are participating in the program.  For more information on the Challenge, including a list of current Partner organizations, visit