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."
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.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system assists in the purchase of "greener" PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions. 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. President Barack Obama issued a similar Executive Order in 2009.