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Wolf Administration Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Sustainable Electronics Purchasing

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services, Bureau of Procurement has been honored for its excellence in purchasing sustainable electronics with the 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award. Pennsylvania made $27,840,482 in EPEAT-registered purchases in the Computers & Displays and Digital Imaging categories in Fiscal Year 2018-19. The commonwealth was one of only 10 states recognized with this honor.

During the 2018-19 fiscal year, the commonwealth purchased more than 40,000 eligible products that met either "Gold" or "Bronze" Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, criteria. The criteria consider materials selection, design for product longevity, reuse and recycling, energy conservation, end-of-life management and corporate performance. In total 97.8 percent of the commonwealth's Computers & Displays and Digital Imaging equipment achieved a gold (91.6 percent) or bronze (7.1 percent) EPEAT rating.

The energy savings associated with the green electronics purchases is enough electricity to power nearly 4,070 US households for a year. The carbon footprint reduction is equivalent to annually removing 2,231 passenger cars from the road. The amount of toxic substances avoided from re-entering the environment is 23,480 pounds.

The EPEAT is a resource administered by the Green Electronics Council where organizations can find or promote electronic products that meet certain environmental performance criteria. The Green Electronics Council maintains the EPEAT website and product registry and recognizes organizations for their purchases of EPEAT-registered products.

The EPEAT awards ceremony is recorded here and DGS acceptance of the award starts at 11:00 minutes.