NASPO ValuePoint Earns Recognition for Procurement of Sustainable IT
The Green Electronics Council announced today that NASPO ValuePoint has been honored with an EPEAT Purchaser Award in recognition of its leadership in the procurement of sustainable IT products.
EPEAT is the leading global IT ecolabel which helps purchasers to procure more sustainable IT Products and is the flagship program of the Green Electronics Council (GEC).
NASPO ValuePoint is receiving the EPEAT Purchaser Award in recognition of the more than 770,000 EPEAT-registered products that were purchased through the NASPO ValuePoint computer equipment portfolio, representing approximately $385 million dollars in spend, in 2015. NASPO ValuePoint, the cooperative purchasing arm of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, aggregates the purchasing power of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to drive the best value, innovation, and competition in the marketplace.
“NASPO ValuePoint choosing to include EPEAT in its IT contracts shows the commitment that states have to maximizing cost-savings while minimizing environmental impacts,“ said Nancy Gillis, GEC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Over the lifetime of the EPEAT registered products bought in 2015, NASPO ValuePoint will save U.S. states and territories $17.8 million in energy-related expenses.”
Compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 770,941 EPEAT-registered IT products purchased in 2015 through NASPO ValuePoint, over their lifetime, will result in environmental impacts that:
- Reduce use of primary materials by 62,365 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 1,719 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
- Avoid the disposal of 485.9 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 3,951 refrigerators
- Eliminate the equivalent of 568 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—1,063 metric tons
- Avoid 242.3 metric tons of water pollutant emissions
EPEAT requires that IT products meet, and often exceed, the latest ENERGY STAR specifications. This means that the EPEAT registered products purchased through NASPO ValuePoint in 2015 will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:
- Savings of 172.8 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 13,527 U.S. homes for a year
- Reduction of 31,081 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 22,346 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
GEC has presented 37 organizations, in addition to NASPO ValuePoint, with a 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award. Individual states that use EPEAT – including California, Minnesota, Maryland, and New York -have also been recognized with an EPEAT Purchaser Award. The formal 2017 EPEAT Purchaser awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). When combined, the 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners realized cost savings of more than $51.6 million across the lifetime of their purchased products.
About Green Electronics Council
The Green Electronics Council is a mission driven non-profit that works with stakeholders globally to achieve a world of only sustainable electronics. GEC manages EPEAT, the leading ecolabel for IT products, and provides thought leadership on the on the use of technology to advance sustainability. For more information, please visit http://www.GreenElectronicsCouncil.org