Purchaser Profile

US EPA, Region III
US Federal Agency
2o17 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

Brad Starnes

US EPA Region III purchases EPEAT registered computers and displays.

$663,271 (2016)

The following is excerpted from the Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Guide (EPPAG) Section 23.1 – Sustainable Acquisition Policy, Subsection 23.1.1 – Green Purchasing Plan (October 2015)

Environmentally preferable products and services.  Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) (see has mandatory Federal and Agency procurement requirements, as well as voluntary or optional components that serve as a resource to assist in greening procurements.  Environmentally preferable products and services are those that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.  The product or service comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, or disposal.  EPP emphasizes the consideration of multiple attributes of a product or service such as life-cycle costs, energy or water efficiency, low toxicity, biobased, recovered-content, and recycleability.  The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE) have responsibility for this program.  

Executive Orders (E.Os.) 13423 and 13514, and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 23.7 on environmentally preferable products and services requires use of the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) when acquiring electronic products such as desktops, notebooks (also known as laptops) and monitors.  These EPEAT registered products are, by default, ENERGY STAR qualified as well.  The E.Os. requires that 95 percent of purchases of products covered by EPEAT must be EPEAT-registered products, unless there is no EPEAT standard for such products.  In addition, EPA has amended its own acquisition regulations to establish a mandatory EPP procurement policy related to green meetings and conferences.

You are encouraged to visit the website www.epa.gov/epp for a wealth of information on EPP, sample statements of work, case studies, and a suite of EPP tools.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 751 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by EPA Region III in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 43.8 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 1.21 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 376 kg of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 3 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. household’s solid waste for three months—426 kg
  • Avoidance of 172 kg 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 121,000 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 9 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 22.2 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 16 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $12,400 in lifetime cost savings

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