Purchaser Profile

Los Angeles County, CA
Municipal Government
RFP – IS – 1010 – 1 PCs, Peripherals, Software and Related Services

RFP Bid deadline February 19, 2008. Three year term, with two possible one year extensions.

EPEAT BRONZE REQUIREMENT The County of Los Angeles requires all desktops, laptops, or other office computing products be EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) compliant, minimally at the Bronze environmental performance ranking. EPEAT Standard Electronic equipment can have significant environmental impacts throughout the entire life cycle,from production, through use, to disposal. Acquiring environmentally preferable equipment can reduce energy consumption, reduce pollution from energy production, and reduce general and environmentally sensitive waste. EPEAT assists in the identification of environmentally preferable products that have been designed to have environmental benefits throughout their lifecycle. The EPEAT standard includes 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria. A computer product is awarded a Bronze rating if it meets all required criteria, which includes the following areas: 1) Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials the product must comply with requirements for the restriction of hazardous materials including cadmium, mercury, lead, and brominated flame-retardants. 2) Materials selection the declaration of recycled or bio-based plastic content and product weight. 3) End-of-life design the product must be designed for easy disassembly, made of at least 65% reusable/recyclable materials and provide information for recyclers regarding materials with specialhandling needs. 4) Energy conservation-the product must comply with Energy Star specifications. 5) Life-cycle extension-an additional 3-year warranty must be available for purchase, and the product must be upgradeable with common tools. 6) End-of-life management-the product must include the option to purchase, at a competitive price, a take-back or recycling service that meets EPA environmental standards. 7) Corporate performance-the manufacturer must have an environmental policy, an environmental management system, and an environmental reporting system. 8) Packaging-no heavy metals can be added to any packaging component, easily separable materials, declaration of recycled content, optional criterion for manufacturer take-back of packaging materials for re-use or recycling. FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING EPEAT STANDARDS REFER TO EPEATS WEBSITE AT

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