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ORAU honored for excellence in procurement of green computers and other electronics

July 28, 2015

ORAU employees show off EPEAT Award certificate and trophy

Pictured from left to right, Cindy Snow, procurement manager; Ron McCandless, buyer; John King, senior system support specialist; Kristen Justice, contract specialist; and Tom Kiser, system support specialist; accepted the hand-forged award made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass on behalf of ORAU.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Green Electronics Council recently announced ORAU as a winner of its inaugural EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Purchaser Award, which recognizes excellence in the procurement of green electronics, or those electronics that have been manufactured to conserve energy, eliminate environmentally sensitive materials and increase recyclability. ORAU was among the nine corporations that received a three-star rating, indicating procurement of electronics in all three categories (PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions).

The Green Electronics Council works with manufacturers, governments, trade associations and environmental advocacy groups to evaluate and endorse environmentally responsible products. The EPEAT tool provides companies with a simplified way to purchase environmentally trustworthy electronics and to quantify their energy consumption reductions. In 2014, by purchasing EPEAT-registered electronics instead of conventional electronics, ORAU reduced its electricity use by nearly 5,000 kilowatt hours—enough energy to power a house for six months—and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3 metric tons—equivalent to 70 percent of the annual emissions of a passenger vehicle.

Since its implementation in 2005, companies participating in the EPEAT program have saved a combined total of 83 million kWh of electricity, an avoidance of nearly 160,000 kg of water pollutant emissions and a reduction of more than 16,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to powering 8,300 homes or reducing the emissions of 3,300 passenger vehicles for a year.

Visit the EPEAT website for more information.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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