Purchaser Profile

Maryland Department of Transportation
Municipal Government
2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

Lizelle Espinosa

Maryland Department of Transportation purchases EPEAT-registered computers and displays.

$2.7 million (2016)

A State law effective October 1, 2012 (HB 448, Chapter 372) requires State agencies purchasing computers and other electronic products in categories covered by EPEAT to purchase models rated EPEAT Silver or Gold unless the requirement is waived by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT).

Guidelines provided by DGS require planning and coordination of the proper disposition of Information Technology equipment. A new state law effective October 1, 2012 (HB 448, Chapter 372) requires state agencies awarding contracts for services to recycle electronic products to award the contract to a recycler that is R2 or e-Stewards certified.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 1,655 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Maryland Department of Transportation in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 235 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 6 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 1.5 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 13 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 5 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year—8.8 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 1 metric ton of water pollutant emissions


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 670,000 kWh of electricity—enough to power 52 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 113 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 81 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $69,100 in lifetime cost savings

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