Purchaser Profile

City of Palo Alto
Municipal Government
2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winner – 1 Star

Sherrie Wong


$269,000 (2015)

All desktops, laptops and monitor purchased through Information Technology shall meet an EPEAT Gold Rating. EPEAT is a procurement tool designed to help large volume purchasers evaluate, compare, and select electronic products based upon their environmental attributes as specified in the consensus-based IEEE Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (IEEE 1680.1). If the specified equipment does not meet a gold rating, a secondary silver or bronze rated alternative must be identified by the vendor and/or manufacturer to be approved by the City of Palo Alto IT Operations Manager before the originally specified product is substituted.
Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 254 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by the City of Palo Alto in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 15.9 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 3 elephants
  • Avoid the disposal of 137 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 1 refrigerator
  • Eliminate 102 kg of solid waste


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 43,300 kWh of electricity—enough to power 3 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 54 kg of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of 8 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 6 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $3,210 in energy cost savings

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