Purchaser Profile

City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Government
2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 2 Stars

Mayor’s Executive Directive 08-01 Initiatives to Measure and Reduce Environmental Impact of Government Information and Communications Technology

Jessian Choy

$5,610,016 (2015)

Executive Directive: I. Production 1. Beginning April 1, 2008, consistent with the environmentally preferable purchasing policy adopted by the Committee on Information Technology (COIT), departments shall only purchase personal computers, notebook computers and monitors that meet at least the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Silver standard with a preference for the Gold standard. 2. For all ICT equipment not currently rated according to EPEAT standards, such as computer servers, printers, routers, the City’s Office of Contract Administration will propose application of standards to guide environmentally preferable purchasing practices in consultation with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Department of the Environment. These standards will seek to minimize levels of toxic components, ensure the highest level of energy efficiency, facilitate end-of-life recycling, and minimize unnecessary packaging. 3. The City’s CIO shall develop a framework for considering the environmental impacts of new technology projects in consultation with COIT, the Department of the Environment and the Public Utilities Commission. COIT, using its technology budget review function, shall ensure that technology projects are reviewed for environmental impact and support the City’s environmental goals.
Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 6,285 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by the City and County of San Francisco in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 1,072 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 30 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 6,780 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 55 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 22 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—41.7 metric tons


Energy-Related Savings
EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of over 3 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 239 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 4,839 kilograms of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of more than 510 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 239 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $313,320 in energy cost savings

*EPEAT Purchasing Tier indicates how many EPEAT categories are specified in the organization’s purchasing agreements