(EPA Region 3 Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program)
The goal of this project was to promote source reduction and increase the use of recycled materials through the environmentally preferable purchasing of computers by public and private sector institutional purchasers. NERC accomplished this by promoting the use of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT™) by institutional purchasers in Pennsylvania and Delaware through outreach and education, technical assistance, and demonstrating the environmental benefits of purchasing EPEAT™-qualified products. EPEAT™ is a project spearheaded by the U.S. EPA to help public and private sector institutional purchasers evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, laptops, and monitors based on environmental attributes.
This project also quantified the environmental benefits of green electronics procurement by applying the EPA-funded Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (the EEBC), developed by the University of Tennessee (UoT). The calculation of environmental benefits included reduction in persistent bio-accumulative toxins, energy use, CO2/greenhouse gas emissions, municipal and hazardous solid waste generation; and increase in use of post-consumer content recycled materials.
NERC collaborated in this project with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
The project included three specific objectives:
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