EPEAT Purchaser Award

2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winners

Watch a recording of the 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Awards Virtual Event

July 29, 2020 – The Green Electronics Council (GEC), the organization that manages the EPEAT ecolabel, announced the 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners during a virtual event showcasing winner-submitted acceptance videos and photos. Seventy-five (75) organizations, including cities, states, U.S. Federal agencies, healthcare systems, universities, K-12 school systems, and companies from around the globe were celebrated for their decision to purchase sustainable electronic products. Organizations recognized require EPEAT in their procurement policies and contracts and report EPEAT purchasing volume through their award application.”

Using the EPEAT Benefits Calculators, GEC calculates the environmental and cost benefits of the sustainable purchases made by each award winner. When combined, the 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners realized cost savings exceeding $172 million across the lifetime of their 2019 purchased electronic products. Along with these significant cost savings, the 75 award winners also recognized considerable environmental benefits, including combined greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 227,540 passenger cars from the road for a year; a reduction of more than 3,300 metric tons of hazardous waste; solid waste savings equivalent to that produced by 11,518 average U.S. households over a year; and a reduction in energy usage by nearly 2 million MWh.

“EPEAT Purchaser Award winners are champions in the practice of sustainable procurement. Their leadership creates sustainability gains not only for their own organizations but for all purchasers of electronics globally by creating demand for sustainable products,” said Nancy Gillis, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. The awards ceremony was originally planned to take place in Atlanta this year but was moved to a virtual event due to the pandemic. “COVID-19 has demonstrated the kinds of workplace and supply chain disruptions that we may expect due to climate change in coming years. It is essential for large-scale purchasers to continue with their procurement of essential commodities like sustainable electronics, to mitigate the consequences of our behaviors that add to the threat against People and Planet. EPEAT makes it easy for organizations to identify a wide array of credible sustainable products from firms that care enough to put these products into the market.”

The July 29th Purchaser Awards virtual event gave winners a chance to share how EPEAT helps their organizations meet their sustainability goals.  As one of this year’s winners shared, “We’re enthusiastic about EPEAT because it lets us address a long list of environmental mandates with little effort.More than any other example I can think of, EPEAT proves the power of sustainable purchasing. Its influence has transformed global markets in the right direction.”

GEC looks forward to gathering with award winners and sustainability colleagues in person in September 2021 for A Night Out with GEC at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. The evening will celebrate the 2021 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners and the impacts they have made on equitable economic development.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winners!

Five-Star Award Winners 

  • Battelle Energy Alliance
  • Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC; Y-12 National Security Complex
  • DEA Office of Investigative Technology
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • Mission Support Alliance; CH2M Hill PRC; WRPS; HPMC; WAI-Hanford
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  • Office of Training DEA
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • State of California
  • State of Minnesota
  • Texas Department of Information Resources
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • University of California Santa Barbara

 

Four-Star Award Winners 

  • Atlanta Veterans Affairs Health Care System
  • CHBWV – CH2M Hill BWXT West Valley
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • City of Austin Purchasing Office
  • City of Keene, New Hampshire
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC; Pantex Plant
  • East Tennessee Technology Park
  • Experience Scottsdale
  • Interface
  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information
  • Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Stanford Health Care
  • State of Oregon DAS Procurement Services
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy Legacy Management
  • Wipro Limited

 

Three-Star Award Winners 

  • California State University, Long Beach
  • City of Durango
  • City of Seattle
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Department of Energy – Hanford Program
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • McGill University
  • NASPO ValuePoint
  • NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Voya Financial
  • WA State Dept of Enterprise Services

 

Two-Star Award Winners 

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Air Force Information Technology Commodity Council
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • City of Orlando
  • DEA Chicago Field Division
  • DEA Detroit Field Division
  • King County
  • Moab UMTRA Project
  • Scottish Government (On behalf of the Scottish Public Sector)
  • South Dakota State University
  • State of Florida
  • State of Maryland
  • State of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services, Bureau of Procurement
  • Swift & Staley
  • The Government of the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement
  • University of Vermont

 

One-Star Award Winners 

  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • City of San Diego Department of Information Technology
  • DEA North Central Laboratory
  • Department of Veterans Affairs I.T. Operations and Services
  • New York State
  • Providence Public Schools
  • Stanford University

 

Eligibility Requirements

The EPEAT Purchaser Awards recognize excellence in sustainable procurement of IT products. EPEAT Purchasers will earn a star for each product category in which they purchase EPEAT-registered IT products and all of the eligibility requirements have been met. EPEAT Purchaser Award applications are accepted year-round.

The EPEAT Purchaser Awards are open to all organizations that purchase EPEAT-registered products and meet the following requirements:

  • Agree to have your organization identified as an EPEAT Purchaser, be listed as such on the Green Electronics Council (GEC) website and agree to share your most up to date Benefits Calculation on the GEC website.*

  • Have, or be actively developing, an organizational purchasing policy for sustainable procurement. GEC recommends your organization have specific policy language or guidance for procurement of environmentally preferable or sustainable Information Technology (IT) products and/or electronics (see model policy language). 

  • Set specifications or use contracts (if applicable) that require or prefer EPEAT registered products (PC/Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Servers, and Televisions) inclusive of applicable service contracts (see model contract language). Agree to share specific EPEAT vendor contract language (if applicable) as a best practice for other purchasers.

  • Report purchasing data of EPEAT registered products to the Green Electronics Council to allow for completion of Benefits Calculation. See the EPEAT Purchaser Awards Application. 

    *By submitting an EPEAT Purchaser Award application, you agree to have your organization identified as an EPEAT Purchaser, be listed as such along with your organization’s logo on the Green Electronics Council (GEC) website and to allow GEC to share your most up‐to‐date Benefits Calculation on the GEC website.

Earning Stars

One star is awarded to an organization for each product category in which all of the eligibility requirements have been met. The current product categories are as follows:

  • Computers & Displays (desktops, displays, notebooks, integrated desktop computers, workstation desktops, thin clients)
  • Imaging Equipment (copiers, digital duplicators, facsimile machines, mailing machines, multifunction devices, printers, scanners)
  • Mobile Phones
  • Servers 
  • Televisions

Award winners will be featured on our website, announced in media and PR outreach, and celebrated at events throughout the year.

APPLY FOR EPEAT PURCHASER AWARD

EPEAT Purchaser Award applications are accepted year-round. Please apply by April 30, 2020 to be considered for a 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award.