U.S. Representatives Host Green Tech Innovation Briefing, Highlight EPEAT
U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) hosted a Green Technology Innovation Briefing yesterday to update Congressional staff on the current status of environmental purchasing and standards for electronics. The briefing, held on Capitol Hill, featured a panel of experts representing manufacturers, the federal government, private purchasers and the Green Electronics Council.
The Green Technology Innovation Briefing highlighted the EPEAT® environmental rating system as a model for the design, development and procurement of greener electronics. The EPEAT system provides market incentives for product design, manufacturing and management that reduce toxic content and solid waste, decrease emissions and increase recyclability.
“There’s no denying the need to make sure the technologies we use to power our economy are meeting the highest standards in environmental friendliness,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “It is vital that we continue discussions like this in the future that bring government, industry, and environmental groups together. The EPEAT system is an excellent example of how manufacturers and purchasers can meet their electronics needs as well as their environmental goals at the same time.”
“The future of green technology hinges on finding innovative ways to achieve long-term environmental health while creating jobs and economic opportunity for our nation,” said Rep. Bonamici. “The EPEAT system illustrates an excellent way to achieve balance between the public and private sectors, between environmental goals and advanced technology, and between economic vitality and a high quality of life”
The Green Technology Innovation Briefing included the following panelists:
- Tanya Mottley, Director of the Pollution Prevention Division, U.S. EPA
- Dennis Amorosano, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing and Professional Services, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
- Josh Silverman, Director of the Office of Sustainability Support, U.S. Dept. of Energy
- Joel Sigler, Manager of National Environmental Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
- Robert Frisbee, CEO, Green Electronics Council
The panel was moderated by Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University and former Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network.