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State Electronics Challenge

The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a free program that encourages state, regional, tribal, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to demonstrate environmental sustainability and reduce costs by "greening" the management of their office equipment.

Partners are state and local government agencies, tribal governments, any school, college or university, and other public entities that sign up to participate in the program. Currently, the SEC has 167 Partners in 39 states representing more than 223,000 employees. For a list of current Partners, see the website.

Partners reap many benefits:

  • Conserve energy
  • Cut operating costs
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Avoid solid and hazardous waste
  • Take toxic materials out of commerce

How does the program work? The SEC provides strategies, tools and support that assist Partners in:

  • Buying green equipment, using the EPEAT® rating system
  • Using equipment efficiently by reducing energy and paper consumption
  • Recycling unwanted equipment responsibly using certified recyclers

To support Partner efforts, the State Electronics Challenge provides:

  • Sustainability Reports: Partners receive customized sustainability reports that quantify the impact of their actions. The reports give Partners an opportunity to document their contribution to sustainability goals and to promote their achievements.
  • Annual Recognition: Partners are eligible for annual awards; drawing public and media attention to outstanding programs.
  • Partner-only Resources: The SEC provides free technical assistance and support.
  • Partner-only Webinars:provide focused presentations on selected topics.

Visit the website at for more information. A fact sheet is available here.

Support for the State Electronics Challenge is made possible by sponsorship from Samsung Electronics and the R2/RIOS program.