This project introduced and supported the State Electronics Challenge (SEC) in EPA Region 8. During the two year project, 13 organizations joined as Partners from that Region. For details, see the Partner list at http://stateelectronicschallenge.net/epa_regions.html#eight.
The SEC is a voluntary program that non-federal government entities, such as tribe, state agencies, municipal and county government, colleges and universities, and public schools, join as Partners. Partners commit to take action to reduce the environmental footprint of their office equipment, and in return receive free one-on-one technical assistance, web-based resources, webinar opportunities, and reporting and measurement tools to spur innovative pollution prevention approaches to managing their computer assets.
Specifically, the SEC promotes environmentally preferable purchasing of office equipment using the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) environmental performance standard, improved operations and maintenance of office equipment (e.g., energy conservation through power management, paper use reduction), reuse and donation programs, and environmentally responsible recycling of office equipment at the end-of-life.
Environmental outcomes, including reductions in greenhouse gases, energy use, municipal solid wastes, toxic materials such as lead and mercury, hazardous waste, and cost savings are calculated and reported using the EPA-supported Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC).