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POSITION: Conformity Assurance Manager
• Salaried, exempt
• Located in downtown Portland, Oregon
• Reports to Executive Director, Registry Services
The Conformity Assurance Manager (CAM) will play a critical role in continuing EPEAT’s success as the definitive global registry for greener electronics by ensuring the accuracy of manufacturer declarations in the registry. The CAM will work closely with current staff to review and verify declarations made by subscribing manufacturers and to continue to refine and mature the processes for doing that.
EPEAT® is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. The EPEAT system was conceived and developed through the collaboration of stakeholders from the business, advocacy, government and academic arenas. EPEAT is used by hundreds of companies, universities and government agencies in dozens of countries. Its rigorous requirements and searchable product database let buyers bypass marketing hype and confusing specifications. For participating manufacturers, EPEAT is a chance to showcase and validate greener designs and cleaner production. EPEAT is a not-for-profit organization.
Since EPEAT’s founding as a working system in 2006 the system has been focused on PC products. Stakeholders recently passed standards for Imaging Equipment (printer-like products) and for TVs. The new CAM will work closely with current staff as those products are added to the registry and support subscribers as they begin to register products to those standards.
More information is available at https://www.epeat.net/
with other stakeholders
Process Management and Improvement
COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with experience
BENEFITS: Paid time off, comprehensive medical and dental insurance, employer contributions to retirement plan.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit a cover letter and résumé specifically focused on your qualifications for this position to EPEAT’s Executive Assistant, Julia Bulfin: firstname.lastname@example.org . Include in your cover letter details demonstrating you meet each of the qualifications described above. No phone calls please.
APPLICATION PERIOD: EPEAT may make a selection at any time.
The Green Electronics Council is launching two new standards development processes for the EPEAT registry with NSF International.
We encourage you and your colleagues to attend the remaining informational webinar for those interested in participating in the new Server and PC/Display standards processes — to learn more about participation opportunities, NSF International’s online standards development workspace, and to review EPEAT’s history, philosophy, and operations.
EPEAT System Overview
Monday May 20, 1-2 PM Eastern Time
This session will provide an overview of the EPEAT system – history, participation, use, geographic coverage, the process of product registration and qualification of standards, as background for for participants in standards development for EPEAT.
If you missed the previous webinars, you can download the presentations and files here.
If your organization is interested in receiving the Call for Participation for either or both of the standards development processes, please contact Pamela Brody-Heine.
4. Don’t underestimate consumer power in enforcing corporate sustainability: Apple u-turns on EPEAT after public criticism
Last year once again revealed the power of consumers, supercharged by social media, to hold even the biggest, most powerful brands to account.
In July, Apple announced that it would no longer register its products withEPEAT, the Electrical Products Environmental Assessment Tool – assumed to be linked to its new products being unlikely to meet EPEAT criteria. The decision prompted a ban of Apple products by San Francisco procurement city officials. On the face of it, with local officials spending a mere $45,579 on Apple technologies, a boycott represented a drop in the ocean compared to $65bn in annual sales, and Apple stood its ground.
But the company misunderstood the statement they were making by ditching EPEAT certification – which many took as a sign that Apple was parting ways with green principles.
The ensuing backlash was huge and, although green groups such as Greenpeace added to the frenzy, was markedly consumer-driven.
After just three days, the company was forced into an embarrassing u-turn, citing the disappointment of “many loyal Apple customers” as critical to correcting their “mistake” and getting back on to the register.
If brands take one moral from the story for next year it should be that consumers do care about sustainability, and they are more than prepared to say so directly.
A remarkable 2012 for EPEAT is coming to a close and the list of areas of progress is long. Ongoing growth has continued, with a 30% increase in sales of EPEAT-registered products reported for 2011, and growth in purchaser uptake continuing in the 42 countries we currently cover. Standards for Imaging Equipment and TV’s were published in October and registry development has moved forward rapidly. A remarkable group of certification and testing organizations have joined us to create a global registration network. These are all testimonials to the remarkable creativity, cooperation and persistence of the EPEAT community around the world.
Fortunately, the hard work is just beginning. Because of big wins in 2012, a major part of our next year is focused on execution of these growth plans. The Imaging Equipment registry covering copiers, printers and more will open to the public in January, with the TV registry close behind in March. With market opportunities more than doubled with the advent of these registries, we know how important it is to ensure the experiences of purchasers, subscribers and partners using the new registries goes smoothly and meets their needs. It is exciting to be on the threshold of these new markets.
Expansion will occur in several other directions this year. Our global registration partners CESI, DEKRA, Intertek, UL Environment and VDE will become fully integrated into the EPEAT system as they assist manufacturers to register products to the new standards. We will also be moving forward to expand the registry with server standard development preliminaries completed and the full process launching in 2013.
EPEAT must also remain vigilant to protect and advance the system’s underlying credibility. The update of the core PC and display standards is critical to our effectiveness and relevance, as markets respond to technical advances and fast-evolving “got to haves” with new design and engineering approaches. We’re confident that the attention to detail and commitment to excellence that were hallmarks of the Imaging and TV standards process will enable stakeholders to hammer out meaningful, forward-looking improvements to the PC/Display criteria.
We at EPEAT pledge our year to continue the momentum, cooperation, vision and support that has characterized EPEAT since its creation. We are thankful to all our stakeholders for their vital contributions to EPEAT’s success.
We look forward to continuing to benefit from the perspectives and contributions of all our audiences, and all the stakeholders – supporters, dreamers, idealists, true believers and critics alike - whose contributions make our work, and EPEAT, a reality .
Happy Thanksgiving, best wishes for a wonderful end of year, and a great 2013.
Robert Frisbee, CEO
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them with essential knowledge resources and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.
EPEAT-preferred purchasing has long been a criteria for AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) program, a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Our Champion partnership will allow us to further promote EPEAT to over 1000 AASHE members and associate members.
The sixth verification round of 2012 has been launched. This round will address a randomly selected group of 110 products / criteria. All active Subscribers, countries and criteria will be included in the selection pool.
Link to Verification Round Plan 2012-06.
Earlier this week, we noted that Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro and newest MacBook Air models had been among a number of ultrathin notebooks whose eligibility for inclusion on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry had been verified. The approval came with some clarifications of the EPEAT standards that were criticized by some, including iFixit‘s Kyle Wiens, as watering down the requirements for inclusion.
EPEAT has now posted a defense of its actions, noting that its review committee was simply following the guidelines as they are written. The group acknowledges some of the concerns, but notes that those issues should be raised in the forthcoming update to the standards and not as criticism of the application of the standards as they are currently written.
Regarding upgrade capability, the criteria specifically state that products may be upgraded or extended “by a high performance serial bus (IEEE Std 1394™ [B4]) or Universal Serial Bus (USB)”. Regardless of opinions about whether or not that is appropriate or acceptable language, the hard fact is that EPEAT has no authority to ‘flunk’ products if they meet the explicit terms of the standard.
Regarding disassembly: The criteria under discussion are located in the section of the standard that addresses Design for End of Life – that is, design for effective recycling. The criteria investigated are not in any way aimed at refurbishment or repair. Again, people may think that there should be more in the standard about disassembly for repair and refurbishment – and we welcome their views – but these criteria do not apply to that topic.
The group goes on to note
that EPEAT standards are developed through an open process that involves stakeholders from a number of sides…
Full article here
Leading certification and testing organizations increase green electronics system’s reach and scale
Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Guangzhou, China; Northbrook, IL; Offenbach am Main; Stuttgart:
EPEAT® (www.epeat.net), the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics, today announced that four certification and testing organizations with global reputations for technical excellence – DEKRA, Intertek, UL Environment and VDE —will participate as trust providers in the EPEAT system. Following organizational on-boarding, these Product Registration Entities (PREs) – will work directly with manufacturers to register products in the EPEAT system and to verify their environmental attributes.
“Ramping up capacity through alliances with these superbly qualified organizations enables EPEAT to scale rapidly to meet demand for greener products around the globe, and supports the ongoing credibility of the EPEAT system,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT’s CEO, “We were fortunate to have highly qualified applicants for this role, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this initial group of partners.”
The PRE group announced today includes some of the most experienced certification and testing organizations in the world (see below). These organizations worked with EPEAT to flesh out the unique certification model laid out in IEEE 1680, which enables products to be registered against environmental performance criteria and strictly monitored after registration. Expanding oversight capacity as the system grows, maintaining stringent verification, and providing cost effective solutions are all keys to EPEAT’s next step toward global capability.
“In today’s complex global value chain, ongoing assessment is critical to the success of efforts to design more sustainable products and services,” said Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT’s Executive Director of Registry Services, “Expanding the EPEAT system through this collaborative network will ensure effective support and surveillance of manufacturer and supplier claims in this very fast-changing market sector.”
As the PRE organizations come on line, EPEAT is evolving from a system where verification is centralized and performed by EPEAT to one where EPEAT global partners provide the direct link to subscribers for registration and verification. EPEAT, Inc. will increasingly focus on managing the network of PREs and promoting EPEAT to purchasers and consumers as an easy and reliable way to identify greener electronics.
“This is a great step forward in the resources we provide to purchasers and manufacturers to forward the goal of greener electronics. We are excited about this team, and look forward to ongoing expansion to meet global opportunities for a greener planet,” said Frisbee.
EPEAT® is the definitive global registry for greener electronics, covering the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers across the widest array of countries. EPEAT combines strict, comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims. The sale of more than 411 million registered products in the first five years of EPEAT’s operation has resulted in solid waste reductions equivalent to 58,531 US households’ annual waste, and elimination of enough mercury to fill more than a million fever thermometers. More information at: www.epeat.net
Participating PRE Organizations
DEKRA currently operates in more than 50 countries, with over 27,000 employees committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, and temporary work. In 2011 DEKRA generated sales totaling around 2 billion Euros.
“For an increasing number of purchasers in public authorities and companies, the environmental performance of a product is an important decision criterion”, explains Dr Gesa Köberle, Head of DEKRA Consulting GmbH. “To the extent that we confirm conformance with the objective, transparent and strict EPEAT standards, we also support the expansion of the standard and ensuring manufacturers of green products are rewarded for their efforts in the marketplace”.
Contact: Tilman Vögele-Ebering +49 (7 11) 78 61 – 21 22 Tilman.Voegele-Ebering@dekra.com
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers’ products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 33,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world. Visit www.intertek.com
“Our customer’s marketplace is a combination of global and local requirements. Well known comprehensive environmental procurement specifications such as EPEAT have seen a significant global acceptance.” states Dr. Ruud Overbeek, Vice President of Intertek Health and Environment. “EPEAT’s recognition of Intertek as a global trust partner demonstrates our ongoing leadership and commitment to health and environment standards in the electrical and electronics markets.”
Contact: Joel Pekay Sales and Marketing Director, +1 312 906 7716 email@example.com
UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals – and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting.
“UL takes great pride in its 117-year legacy of building trust in the global marketplace, so, naturally we are pleased to have been selected as a trust provider in the EPEAT system,” said Angela Griffiths, Ph.D., head of operations at UL Environment. “Third-party registration and verification of environmental claims, particularly in the electronics industry, is critical. We look forward to working with manufacturers of greener computers and electronic equipment to help them communicate their products’ environmentally-preferable attributes.”
Contact: Rachel Belew Public Relations + Communications +1 678 548 7889 RBelew@greenguard.org
VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, Informationstechnik e.V) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies based in Germany operates the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as a well-known testing and certification body, internationally active for over 90 years, and accredited by multiple organizations worldwide. The VDE Institute provides premium services regarding safety, usability as well as EMC and operates a chemical lab, to cover environmental regulatory material requirements and the sustainability aspects of electronic products.
“We are proud to be able to work as a satellite PRE for EPEAT. It is a great opportunity for us and our customers and a great step forward in sustainable product evaluation methods. We are looking forward to the cooperation with EPEAT,” said Wilfried Jäger, Managing Director of the VDE Testing and Certification Institute.
Contact: Bernd.Franke@vde.com +49 69 8306-277
The Sustainable Schools Collaborative (SSC) works closely with school staff and stakeholders to help K-12 schools and districts educate for and
practice economic, social and environmental sustainability. The Oregon chapter of SSC, Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative, administers the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program in the state of Oregon. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. Procurement of EPEAT-registered electronics is one of the Green Schools objectives, allowing schools with EPEAT-purchasing policies to gain points toward the award. EPEAT is working with SSC to give those schools extra recognition and support through the EPEAT Purchasing Partner program.
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