EPEAT® is incorporated as a 501(c)(4) “social benefit” nonprofit organization and is overseen by an independent Board of Directors guided by a stakeholder Advisory Council.
Board of Directors
An independent fiduciary Board of Directors ensures proper legal and financial management of EPEAT. This board of volunteers represents the general public. The board has legal authority over EPEAT, and is guided by the recommendations of the EPEAT Advisory Council. Members are nominated for three-year terms, and meet four times per year.
The board approves policies that govern the operation of EPEAT, including the following policies:
- EPEAT Advisory Council Governance Policy
- Policy on Qualification of Standards for the EPEAT Registry
The Advisory Council is a non-fiduciary body formed to provide input and advice to EPEAT management and board. The Council draws volunteers from all of EPEAT’s stakeholder groups, including representatives of manufacturing, purchasing, environmental advocacy, recycling, government, research, retail and reseller interests. Members are nominated for three-year terms by peers from their respective stakeholder groups, their nominations are approved by the full Advisory Council, and they are appointed by the board.
The Advisory Council meets in person twice each year, and by teleconference twice or more each year. Subgroups of the Council also meet to discuss and develop proposals on specific issues as needed. The Council operates and makes decisions primarily through a consensus-based process. Nonmembers are welcome to attend meetings by invitation. Please contact EPEAT to make arrangements to attend a meeting. The Advisory Council Operating Policy can be found here.