Anne Arundel Community College purchases its computer products based on Energy Star and EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) ratings. Energy Star was developed by DOE and the EPA to certify and label a wide variety of products from appliances to office equipment.
EPEAT is a self-declaration system operated by the Green Electronics Council to help purchasers evaluate, compare and select desktop PC’s, laptops, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. Equipment ratings are also based on material selection, design for end of life, product longevity, life cycle extension, energy conservation, end of life management, corporate performance, and packaging. EPEAT classifies electronic products based on three tiers of environmental performance –Bronze, Silver and Gold. To be listed as an EPEAT product, it must conform to all the required criteria. Over the past year, we have purchased as our standard systems at a minimum, Silver level equipment.