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PPPL recognized for green electronics purchasing program

PPPL has won a national award from the Green Electronics Council for its program to purchase environmentally sustainable electronics.

Kristen Ferraro, a systems administrator at PPPL, accepted the three-star EPEAT Purchaser Award, the organization’s highest honor for the new awards, during an Earth Day ceremony at the Department of Energy’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

EPEAT® is a worldwide rating system developed by the Green Electronics Council, based in Portland, Oregon, which is aimed at promoting the use of greener electronics by rating not only how much energy an electronic device uses but also how easily it can be reused or recycled.

Of 211 electronic devices purchases by PPPL in Fiscal Year 2014, including laptops, desktops, workstations, monitors, tablets, and thin clients (a terminal attached to a large server), 174 met EPEAT’s highest standards. That means that the devices use less energy and that they can be donated or parts can be recycled when the Lab can no longer use them.

Robert Sheneman, head of PPPL’s Environmental Services Division, said he was pleased that the Laboratory was recognized for promoting the purchase of greener electronics in large purchasing contracts and encouraging employees to do so with smaller purchases through P cards.

“Hopefully, it highlights to employees the importance of these environmentally preferable products when they make purchases and the need for different parts of the Laboratory to work together to meet these goals,” Sheneman said.

Sheneman said the award was particularly gratifying because it focused on current practices at the Laboratory. PPPL’s long-standing environmental program often isn’t  recognized because awards mostly focus on new programs or environmental achievements, he said.

Sheneman singled out the IT and purchasing departments for practices that led to the award. “The IT group and the procurement folks have been very supportive and worked together with us,” Sheneman said.  “It really has been a collaborative effort.”


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