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Wolf Administration's Commitment to Sustainable Electronics Receives National Recognition for Third Consecutive Year

07/29/2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2022

Wolf Administration's Commitment to Sustainable Electronics Receives National Recognition for Third Consecutive Year
 Nearly $3.9 Million in Cumulative Energy Savings

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration's efforts to take a more holistic approach to energy sustainability have been nationally recognized for the third consecutive year as Pennsylvania was named a recipient of the 2022 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, Purchaser Award according to Department of General Services Acting Secretary Joe Lee, who made the announcement today. The commonwealth was one of only seven states awarded this year.

Over the three-year period for which the commonwealth has been recognized, nearly 127,000 units of sustainable electronics have been purchased with an associated cost savings of nearly $3.9 million. 

"Governor's Wolf's commitment to energy sustainability is just as strong as the Department of General Services' commitment to providing exceptional value and service to our customers," Lee said. "When you combine the two of them together, the results are a reduced carbon footprint, increased energy savings and quality, and sustainable electronic devices that enable our government to operate more effectively and efficiently. To be honored for three consecutive years illustrates our dedication to sustainability and its positive effect on our workplaces and beyond."

The EPEAT Purchaser Award recognizes organizations' commitment to preserving the environment through the purchase of sustainable electronics. To earn the award, Pennsylvania purchased just over 19,000 units of EPEAT "Gold", "Silver", or "Bronze -qualified products during the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, totaling nearly $14.4 million across four equipment categories: Computers & Displays, Imaging Equipment, Servers, and Mobile Phones. In total, 89-percent of the commonwealth's purchases achieved an EPEAT "Gold" status rating – a 43- percent increase from the prior year.

The energy savings associated with this year's nearly $626 thousand in green electronics purchases is enough electricity to power approximately 982 US households for a year, while the carbon footprint reduction is equivalent to annually removing approximately 753 passenger cars from the road. The amount of solid waste eliminated from the environment is the equivalent of the annual waste generation of 122 households.

"Sustainable electronics have a longer lifespan, contain less hazardous materials, and are more energy efficient than their non-sustainable counterparts," Lee said. "Every purchase of sustainable electronics not only allows us to improve our operations and the technology we use to deliver services, but also reaffirms our responsibility to be environmentally – and financially – responsible. I applaud the DGS Bureau of Procurement's IT and Quality Assurance division staff for their efforts and focus on delivering value to our customers and the citizens of Pennsylvania."

The criteria for the EPEAT award considers materials selection, design for product longevity, reuse and recycling, energy conservation, end-of-life management, and corporate performance.

The EPEAT is a resource administered by the Green Electronics Council where organizations can find or promote electronic products that meet certain environmental performance criteria. The Green Electronics Council maintains the EPEAT website and product registry and recognizes organizations for their purchases of EPEAT-registered products.

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