ORAU named four-star winner of 2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award
Green Electronics Council honors excellence in procurement of green computers, cell phones and other electronics
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU was named among the winners of the Green Electronics Council’s 2018 EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Sustainable Purchaser Award for the fourth year in a row. The award 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 10 organizations to receive a four-star rating, the highest possible, for its commitment to purchasing EPEAT-registered products in four categories: computers and displays, imaging equipment, mobile phones and televisions. The Green Electronics Council awards one star for each category.
Other four-star award winners include: Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC; DEA Office of Training; DEA’s Office of Investigative Technology; Hackensack Meridian Health; Kaiser Permanente; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and the U.S. General Services Administration.
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 reduction.
In 2017, by purchasing EPEAT-registered products versus conventional electronics, ORAU reduced its electricity use by 160,770 kilowatt hours or enough energy to power 13 U.S. homes for a year, and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 27 metric tons, the equivalent of taking 20 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year.
When combined, the 53 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners for 2018 realized cost savings of more than $82.5 million across the lifetime of their purchased products. Along with significant cost savings, the 53 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners also recognized considerable environmental benefits from their purchasing decisions, including combined greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing more than 94,000 passenger cars from the road for a year, a reduction of nearly 2,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, solid waste savings equivalent to that produced by more than 4,500 average U.S. households each year, a reduction in energy usage by 798 million kilowatts and avoidance of nearly 1,400 metric tons of water pollutant emissions. To learn more about the Green Electronics Council’s EPEAT program, visit www.epeat.net.
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).