Excerpt from WEMS (Facility Support Services Contractor at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant) Environmental Sustainability Policy Statement:
These goals and objectives are achieved in part through implementation of sustainable business practices that prevent pollution, reduce environmental hazards, improve operational capability and costs, and maintain overall mission sustainability.
It is therefore the policy of WEMS to reduce or eliminate the acquisition of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials; maximize the acquisition of energy-efficient, water-efficient, biobased, and environmentally preferable products; reduce or eliminate the environmental impacts of electronic assets; maximize operational efficiencies, and reduce degradation and depletion of environmental resources through post-consumer material recycling.
This policy applies to all WEMS personnel and subcontractors at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS), under the purview of the Facility Support Services (FSS) contract.
Specific sustainable business practices to be utilized by WEMS employees include:
• Review chemical purchase requisitions to see if non-hazardous or less hazardous substitutes are available;
• Specify environmentally preferable products in the acquisition of site supplies and services including recycled-content, biobased-content, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program acceptable substitutes for Ozone-depleting substances (ODS), EPA Energy Star® labeled, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated, and/or WaterSense®-labeled products;
• Utilize the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) in the solicitation and acquisition of desktop computers, notebooks, monitors, servers, imaging equipment and televisions to identify models registered by manufacturers and vendors as environmentally preferable;
• Enable Energy Star® power management features (including standby, hibernate, and sleep or turn off mode) on all computers and monitors (except where specifically exempted in writing);
• Before leaving work before a weekend and/or holiday, shut down all eligible electronic equipment (except where specifically exempted in writing). Eligible electronic equipment includes (but is not limited to) computer desktops, laptops, monitors, computer peripheral devices, network printers, scanners, copiers, and plotters. The WEMS Information Technology Department may remotely power down equipment where feasible.
• Set double-sided printing as the default setting on all eligible computers, printers, copiers, and multifunction devices;
• Extend useful lifespan of computers and other electronic products through software and other upgrades;
• Reuse/Donate surplus and used electronics when possible and recycle end-of-life electronics;
• Conduct due diligence when selecting and using an electronics recycler;
• Practice energy conservation by turning off lights and other electronic equipment and machines over night and on weekends, and holidays to the maximum extent practicable;
• Use alternatively-fueled vehicles (electric, E-85, hybrids) and carpool/vanpool when available;
• Participate in cost-savings/reduction program by generating ideas and suggestions;
• Participate in voluntary partnership programs such as the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) and WaterSense® where there is programmatic benefit from doing so; and
• Reduce degradation and depletion of environmental resources through post-consumer material recycling of items such as office paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastics, used oil, hydraulic fluid, lubricants, spent light bulbs, and batteries.
Purchase order language for 200 monitors purchased in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014):
Monitor, 21.5 inch Widescreen, Flat Panel, LCD/TFT active matrix display, 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, VGA/DVI connectivity, standard attached power cable, EPEAT Gold, Energy Star qualified, Dell E Series E2213H VIS; to be delivered on pallets.
Purchase order for 100 monitors purchased in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014):
Monitor, Acer V226HQL – 21.5 inch LED LCD Monitor, 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, Adjustable Display Angle, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7 Million Colors, VGA/DVI connectivity, standard attached power cable, Speakers, EPEAT Gold, Energy Star qualified, to be delivered on pallets.
Purchase order for multifunction printer purchased in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014):
Purchase order for workstation (desktop) purchased in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014):
Workstation, Dell Precision T3610, CTO Base, Energy Star 5.0 compliant, EPEAT Gold, per the following specifications:
Purchase order for scanner purchased in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014):
Scanner, HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 S2 Sheet Feeder, 20PPM/16PPM WL. 600 X 600 dpi, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Energy Star Qualified, EPEAT Silver. Part: L2738A#BGJ
Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 944 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:
Reduce use of primary materials by 70.8 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 2 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
Avoid the disposal of 519 kg of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 4 refrigerators
Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. household’s solid waste for 8 months—1.3 metric tons
Avoidance of 325 kg of water pollutant emissions
Energy-Related Savings EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:
Savings of 198,000 kWh of electricity—enough to power 16 U.S. homes for a year
Reduction of 35.4 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 25 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
$20,440 in lifetime cost savings
*EPEAT Purchasing Tier indicates how many EPEAT categories are specified in the organization's purchasing agreements