Walking the talk on EPEAT and Energy Star products

Since the launch of Softchoice worlds first searchable EPEAT and Energy Star product registry, Softchoice has given IT purchasers the ability to easily identify and evaluate more than 2,300 unique products based on their environmental attributes. With 4,800 ENERGY STAR certified products to our website bringing our total roster of certified green IT products to more than 7,100. [Read more…]

How do you stack up? Find out your impact on the environment

We found an article which illustrates companies who have purchased EPEAT products worldwide have:

* Reduced use of toxic materials by the equivalent of more than 148 million refridgerators
* Eliminated enough mercury to fill 372, 000 household thermometers
* Avoided  disoposal of solid waste – comparable to 14,500 US households’ annual quota

Want to know how you stack up?

The University of Tennesee Center for clean products recently developed an Electronic Environmental Benefits Calculator which allows users to calculate specific environmental benefits of purchasing EPEAT computers and monitors. You can read last year’s Environmental Benefits Report and find out how you can get a version of the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator.

How to evaluate your green IT spending

A recent GreenBiz.com survey revealed a 63 percent increase in green purchasing over the last 12 months, with IT purchases leading the way. But since companies self-reported their “green” purchasing, what does it really mean to be green? [Read more…]

What is EPEAT and why does it matter?

EPEAT LogoEPEAT, which is an acronym for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is a rating standard to help IT purchasers evaluate desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on a larger variety of environmental attributes. It was launched in 2006 as part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded effort. It was developed over a three year period in an extensive consensus-based, EPA-funded process that included more than 100 representatives from environmental groups, government officials, large volume computer purchasers, subject matter experts, electronics recyclers, and manufacturers. The mandatory purchase of EPEAT products is being adopted by many organizations, including the US Federal Government, the Government of Canada and the State of California. [Read more…]

The nuts and bolts of PC Power Management

The Solutions

PC Power Management Software

Implementing specialized power management software to shut down PCs and monitors when not in use is by far the best way to gain energy efficiencies. These technologies typically cost between $10-$20 per device and will allow a central administrator to set shut-down policy and manage exceptions, as well as giving you the ability to report on savings. Advanced tools also provide the ability to save and properly close documents upon shutdown, and allow for scheduled patches or updates to occur seamlessly. [Read more…]

Q&A: What’s the difference between ENERGY STAR and EPEAT?

Energy Star and EPEAT logosENERGY STAR only deals with energy efficiency, while EPEAT looks at a variety of environmental attributes throughout the lifecycle of the technology.

Also, all EPEAT products must meet the ENERGY STAR 4.0 current standard so energy efficiency is a part of that rating too.