Green Electronics Council

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Founded 2005 the Green Electronics Council (GEC) promotes green computing and "envisions a world where green electronics is a cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant world."[1]

GEC achieves this mission by supporting the production of consensus-based environmental leadership standards; by operating EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics; and by convening global thought leaders in environmental design, strategy and marketing to envision more sustainable electronics design and delivery methods.[2]

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system assists in the purchase of "greener" PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions.[3] The EPEAT system evaluates electronics on more than 50 environmental criteria, some required and some optional, that measure a product's efficiency and sustainability attributes. Products are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on how many optional criteria they meet. On 2007-01-24, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13423, which requires all United States Federal agencies to use EPEAT when purchasing computer systems.[4] President Barack Obama issued a similar Executive Order in 2009.[5]

In partnership with the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering, in Sept. of 2008 GEC held a Forum for Sustainable Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at Yale.[6]

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