California was one of the earliest – and largest – states to adopt EPEAT, thanks to the leadership of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) and the Procurement Division of the California Department of General Services (DGS).
State Guidelines Pave the Way
California’s e-waste legislation – SB20 – required the state to develop purchasing guidelines to buy greener electronic products. To do so, the CIWMB convened a multi-stakeholder group that unanimously recommended the State adopt EPEAT as its default standard. In June 2005, the Integrated Waste Management Board officially adopted their recommendation. Since then, CIWMB has worked closely with DGS – as part of the state’s Green Action Team – to incorporate the guidelines into upcoming contract revisions, expected in late 2007. Not satisfied with waiting for the new contract, DGS urged current vendors to register their products with EPEAT. As a result, at least one vendor added more than 25 products to the EPEAT registry.
Reaping Big Benefits
Between July 2006 and May 2007, the State has purchased 3,756 EPEAT-bronze desktop computers, 3,318 Bronze and Silver laptop computers, and 1,629 EPEAT silver monitors. Many of these products were not registered until December 2006, so this represents only 6 months of purchases. The table below summarizes the environmental benefits associated with these purchases.
EPEAT is helping California meet its ambitious environmental goals, showing other states how they too can “buy green and work green.”
Original publication date: 2006-07