Electronics Stewardship and Data Center
Electronics Stewardship at DOE
DOE is committed to responsible environmental stewardship of its electronic assets. In order to comply with Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, DOE policy and actions support the following principles of electronic stewardship:
As a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Sustainable Environmental Stewardship of Federal Electronic Assets, DOE has embedded electronics stewardship principles into DOE Order 436.1, Departmental Sustainability. This order establishes new Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Environmental Stewardship goals, and incorporates strategies for achieving the new goals. DOE electronics stewardship policies, practices, and successes are summarized in this October 2008 Information Brief, Implementing Electronics Stewardship at Department of Energy Facilities.
For more information about the electronics stewardship at DOE, contact Jeff Eagan (firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 586-4598).
Tools and Information
Join the Federal Electronics Challenge: The Federal government is the world's largest consumer of electronics, purchasing more than $60 billion worth of computers, monitors, cell phones, and other information technology equipment. DOE is committed to responsible environmental stewardship of its electronic assets, and has demonstrated leadership in this area through its efforts in electronics recycling and reuse and its participation in the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC), sponsored by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. For more information, visit www.federalelectronicschallenge.net
Under EO 13514, each agency and its facilities shall choose either to become a partner in the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC), or to implement an equivalent electronics stewardship program that addresses purchase, operation and maintenance, and end-of-life management strategies for electronic assets consistent with FEC's recommended practices and guidelines.
DOE CIO, in a June 2005 memorandum, strongly encourages our sites and facilities to become Partners in the FEC. FEC Partners have access to valuable training and support as well as eligibility for annual awards.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) will help purchasers evaluate, compare, and select desktop and laptop computers and monitors for their "green" attributes. The EPA created this procurement tool with a 43 point environmental scale for the environmentally preferable purchasing of electronics through the new IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Standard 1680, as described at www.epeat.net.
DOE-HQ was the first federal facility to require that all desktop computers, monitors, and laptops must be EPEAT registered. During Fiscal Year 2006, DOE field sites purchased more than 10,000 EPEAT certified computers and monitors.
DOE Acquisition Letter regarding EPEAT (4/27/07) - This AL establishes a preference for purchasing Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool-registered computer products within the Department of Energy while a pending FAR Case 2006-030 is processing which will add the same purchasing preference to the FAR.
The CIO and DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) have implemented best management practices to reduce energy consumption at Headquarters, including:
DOE Electronics Stewardship Plan: The Plan addresses the management of the Department�s electronic assets throughout their life-cycle by focusing on: (1) purchasing of �green� electronic products; (2) reducing the environmental impacts of electronic products; and (3) managing obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe manner.
Information Brief: Implementing Electronics Stewardship at DOE Facilities (October 2008): This one-stop compendium of electronics stewardship information-including orders, regulations, and best practices-provides easy access to information for designing and implementing electronics stewardship programs at DOE-owned and contractor-operated facilities.
June 2005 Memorandum from the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Agency Environmental Executive to Operations and Field Office Managers on the Department's commitment to the "Federal Electronics Challenge" (FEC)
2007 White House Closing the Circle Awards for Electronics Stewardship
From Left: Deputy Director of Health, Safety and Security Michael Kilpatrick, Property Management Specialist Daniel Young, Federal Environmental Executive Ed Pinero, Electronics Stewardship Coordinator Jeff Eagan, and Director of Procurement and Assistance Management Ed Simpson.
DOE received the first ever "CTC Electronics Stewardship Award" for the Headquarters Green Team Electronics Partners, which purchased more than 10,000 'green computers' in the past two years. DOE also received recognition for implementing Energy Star efficiency procedures to save hundreds of thousands of kilowatt hours; and safely recycling more than 1.2 million pounds of end-of-life electronics over the past two years, including donations of hundreds of surplus computer workstations to New Orleans area schools. [Read more…]
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive challenges federal agencies to donate and recycle excess or surplus electronics through the Electronics Reuse and Recycling Campaign (ERRC). For the second year in a row, DOE won the 2007 ERRC Agency Award, outpacing 14 other federal agencies. Eighteen DOE sites recycled more than 610,000 pounds of surplus electronics between November 15, 2006 and March 19, 2007. See the press release announcing winners (4/17/07).
Four DOE sites have won ERRC awards from 2006-2007.
Federal Electronics Challenge Award Winners 2005 through 2007:
Andrew Lawrence, Director of DOE Office of Nuclear Safety and Environment, (center), and Richard Langston, DOE Green Procurement Specialist, (left), accept Federal Electronics Challenge Silver Award for DOE Headquarters from Federal Environmental Executive Ed Pinero, June 2007. Photo by Daniel Hart, U.S. EPA., Photo courtesy of U.S. EPA.
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For more information, contact DOE Electronics Stewardship coordinator Jeff Eagan (202) 586-4598 or email@example.com
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