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Purchasing for Climate Protection Webinar, featuring Now Available
RPN Members now have access to the webinar slides and recording, which featured useful strategies on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions through purchasing. More More
Office Electronics Case Studies Now Available
RPN has created two case studies concerning office electronics, that provides real-world experiences on how green procurement can save your institution money and environmental resources. More More
EPEAT Criteria for Electronics Now Featured on announced January 20 that customers now have access to information on computers' EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) ratings. More More
Join RPN at Massachusetts EPP Fair
RPN staff will be hosting a Green Electronics Workshop at the Massachusetts EPP Fair in Worcester, MA on October 27, covering best practices, standards, useful reporting tools and more. More More
Capitol greens: Fed Agencies Achieving Green Purchasing Goals
The requirement that federal agencies purchase green electronics has been one of the most readily accepted acquisition changes in the government in recent history. More More
EPEAT Electronics Registry Now Available Internationally
The Green Electronics Council's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) has been localized to reflect the products available in specified countries. More More
New Energy Star Specifications for Computer Equipment
On July 1st, 2009, Energy Star Version 5.0 Specification for Computer Equipment went into effect. Manufacturers must comply with these new regulations in order to receive Energy Star certification. More More
EPA Announces Energy Star Label for Computer Servers
For the first time, EPA announced Energy Star requirements for computer servers that will protect the environment and result in significant energy savings. More More
Green Electronics Council Joins Forces with EcoLogo
The creator of EPEAT has teamed with EcoLogo to facilitate the certification and promotion of green electronics. More More
Call to Participate in New EPEAT Standards Development
Electronic equipment purchasers are being asked to help develop new EPEAT standards for Imaging Equipment and TVs. More More
Join RPN at EcoBuild
Visit our booth at EcoBuild Fall 2008 in Washington, DC. RPN members receive free exhibit hall passes and discount conference registration. More More
New ENERGY STAR @ Work Web Tool Helps Offices Go Green
EPA's new ENERGY STAR @ work is an interactive, online tool that offers employees, employers, and building managers tips on how to save energy and protect the environment at work. More More
Office Depot Launches Tech Trade-In Program
Office Depot is launching a new Tech Trade-In program that offers incentives for consumers to recycle small- to medium-size electronics. More More
Calculate Your Computers' Environmental Impact
Use two new online calculators to add up the benefits of greening your office computers. Click through to the web-based edition of our Responsible Purchasing Guide for Computers and download the EPEAT and ENERGY STAR calculators. More More
San Jose Uses EPEAT to Green Electronics Purchases
Green Technology Magazine recently featured the City of San Jose’s pioneering use of EPEAT as a tool for greening their electronics purchasing. More More
HP Workstations Achieve Solid EPEAT Gold
HP’s entire line of personal workstation computers has achieved a Gold Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating--a first for personal workstations. More More
New Report Examines Office Equipment Emissions
A new report from Air Quality Sciences Inc. (AQS) looks at contaminants emitted from electronic office equipment and the health impacts associated with such emissions.  More More
Federal Agencies Using EPEAT
An interim ruling directs federal agencies to use the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to procure computer products while a final rule is being formulated.  The effective date for the interim ruling is December 26, 2007. More More
RPN Product Listings Get Significant Updates
RPN is happy to announce we have made considerable updates to the product listings for several Responsible Purchasing Guides. These changes include new search criteria, updated listings, expanded EPEAT and Energy Star information, and for the Fleet Guide; More More
TSA Purchases EPEAT Silver PCs
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently refreshed the computers at 450 airports where the agency has offices. TSA purchased EPEAT Silver rated PCs. The computers meet the energy efficiency provisions of President Bush’s January 200 More More
Energy-Efficient Chip Unveiled
The Quad-Core Opteron processor was recently unveiled by Advanced Micro Devices. The new chip is designed to be more energy efficient; More More
Particulate emissions from office printers quantified
A study by the Queensland University of Technology measured particulate emissions from office printers and found that 27 percent of the sample printers emitted high levels of particulates. The study found that emissions are printer-type specific and are a More More
Big Savings from EPEAT Registered Computers
On July 17, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) released a report measuring the environmental benefits from sales of EPEAT registered computers. The report finds impressive environmental benefits from EPEAT computers compared to conventional machines. More More
Cities Reducing Greenhouse Gases
The U.S. Conference of Mayors just released a survey highlighting proactive steps U.S. mayors are taking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The 130 cities surveyed are pursuing a multitude of actions aimed at conserving energy, using energy more ef More More
Energy Credits Now Required for All LEED Projects
Energy performance requirements within LEED green building rating system increase by 14% as part of U.S. Green Building Council’s eight point Climate Change Agenda. All newly registered LEED certified projects must now... More More
Gold rated EPEAT Desktop Now Available
The Green Electronics Council, a recent RPN Extern recipient, and Hewlett-Packard announced that the HP rp5700 Business Desktop PC is the first product to meet the stringent requirements that comprise the “gold” status of the Electronic Produc More More
Staples Launches Electronics Collection/Recycling Program
Boston - Staples, Inc. today became the first major retailer to collect used electronics from its customers. The announcement came three years after a trial effort showed that items such as computers could be easily recycled at low cost to consumers and r More More
University of California System adopts Sustainable Practices Policy
On March 22, 2007, the President of the University of California System issued an updated policy on sustainable practices and purchasing. The new policy covers Building Renovations, Climate Protection Practices, Sustainable Operations, Recycling and Waste More More