Requirements Policy Promotes Environmentally Responsible IT Purchases

John Storts
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It's easy to pay lip service to going green and just go through the motions while not establishing rules or making a sustained effort to make these good intentions a reality. Some organizations want to move toward more energy-efficient equipment and practices, recognizing both potential cost savings and a responsibility to practice good environmental stewardship, but initial costs slow this effort or, worse, force resumption of the status quo.


The City and County of San Francisco Committee on Information Technology (COIT) created a purchasing requirements policy, available as a download in our Knowledge Network, to make sure that new equipment meets environmental responsibility standards. Desktops, laptops and monitors must meet the minimum requirements as stated by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Silver standard, while servers and printers must meet similar requirements, such as those for Climate Savers Certification and Energy Star compliance.


Creating similar purchasing rules for your business can be the first step on the path to walking the green walk, instead of merely talking the talk.


Take a look at these additional resources that focus on energy efficiency and other green-minded practices:

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