Green Electronics Council

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Founded 2005 the Green Electronics Council (GEC) is a program of the International Sustainability Development Foundation (ISDF) which promotes green computing and "envisions a world where commerce, communities and nature thrive in harmony".[1]

The mission of the GEC is to inspire and support the effective design, manufacture, use and recovery of electronic products to contribute to a healthy, fair and prosperous world. Through partnerships with the electronics industry it seeks to implement market-driven systems to recognize and reward environmentally preferable electronic products and build the capacity of individuals and organizations to design and manage the life cycle of electronic products to improve their environmental and social performance.[2]

It offers the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to assist in the purchase of "greener" computing systems. The Council evaluates computing equipment on 51 criteria - 23 required and 28 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.[3]

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.[4] Since 2009 the council offers Design for the Environment (DfE) Training for electronics, centered on the requirements of EPEAT to designers and manufacturers of electronics, their suppliers, and others.[5]

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