FOSE Rolls Out the Green Carpet

FOSE Rolls Out the Green Carpet

Green computing takes center stage at this week's FOSE 2007 conference, as thousands of government IT professionals gather to learn about new federal green computing requirements.

President Bush announced in January a new requirement that all federal agencies buy EPEAT-registered green computers, turning what was once a fringe concept into official government policy.

White House officials will use this week's FOSE 2007 conference, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 government information and technology professionals, as the first public forum to explain President Bush's new green computer requirements and to recognize manufacturers for making EPEAT-registered green computers available. The conference runs Tuesday through Thursday at Washington D.C.'s Convention Center.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tools helps institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks, and monitors based on their environmental attributes using the IEEE 1680 Standard.

"We're pleased that the White House has selected the 31st annual FOSE conference as the forum to recognize the green computer manufacturers, many of them FOSE exhibitors, who have chosen to help protect the environment," said Bill Howell, vice president and General Manager of FOSE. "President Bush's executive order will have a sweeping impact on our government's environmental stewardship. Already, $42 billion in federal contracts reference the EPEAT standard. Over the next four years, government's use of green computers is expected to skyrocket."

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, the EPEAT- registered green computers bought by the federal government over the next four years will save enough energy to power 72,630 households, saving $71.4 million in energy costs. They will also reduce toxic material use by 75.1 metric tons and reduce hazardous waste by 2,820 metric tons.

Compared to traditional computer equipment, all EPEAT-registered green computers have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury to better protect human health and the environment. They are more energy efficient, which reduces emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases. They are also easier to upgrade and recycle.

EPEAT products are identified as EPEAT-Bronze, EPEAT-Silver, or EPEAT-Gold depending on the number of environmental features incorporated into the product. A list of the almost 400 EPEAT-registered products from 15 manufacturers and additional details is available online at EPEAT.net.
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