Purchaser Profile

New York State (Office of General Services)
Computers & Displays
State Government
New York State and EPEAT: Case Study

2019 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

EPEAT Benefits

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 190,037 EPEAT-registered IT products purchased by the NYS Office of General Services in 2018 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 17,500 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 3,365 elephants
  • Avoid the disposal of 158 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 1,306 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 363 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year—675 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 107 metric tons of water pollutant emissions

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

  • Savings of 59,900 MWh of electricity—enough to power 4,931 U.S. households for a year
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 35,641 metric tons of CO2 equivalents—equal to taking 7,632 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $6,180,000 in lifetime cost savings

New York State OGS conducts an Aggregate Buy Program for microcomputers through its centralized contracts. Through this program, Authorized Users of OGS centralized contracts, which includes but is not limited to New York State Agencies, political subdivisions, local governments, public authorities, public school and fire districts, public and nonprofit libraries, and certain other nonpublic/nonprofit organizations, are permitted to purchase microcomputers that meet the specifications required by the program.

Since 2008, the specifications of the Aggregate Buy have included requirements that the products awarded for the buy meet either EPEAT Silver or Gold criteria as well as the New York State Executive Order #4 (EO4) specification for Desktop and Laptop Computers.

For the latest Aggregate Buy Program, which was conducted by Procurement Services under Group 7300, Award 22802 Information Technology Umbrella Contract – Manufacturer Based (Statewide) in the summer of 2016, the following language is included in the ‘Minimum Technical Build Requirements’:

For Enterprise Desktops, Enterprise Notebooks, Enterprise All in One, Convertible Tablets, Education Entry Level Desktops and Education Entry Level Notebooks:

Environmental Standard Complies with NYS Executive Order 4, Establishing A State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program and EPEAT Gold

 

For Unbundled Displays:

Environmental Standard EPEAT GOLD is required above this line
$80,613,419 (2018)