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National Program Awards Ohio EPA Bronze Recognition for its Environmental Accomplishments

Ohio EPA has been awarded bronze recognition from the State Electronics Challenge—a national environmental stewardship program—for decreasing the environmental footprint of its computer equipment.

“This is Ohio EPA’s first year participating in the State Electronics Challenge and achieving an award at this early stage is a significant accomplishment,” said Lynn Rubinstein SEC program manager.

In its first year in the Challenge, Ohio EPA saved enough energy to power more than 200 Ohio households per year, avoided more than 125 pounds of hazardous waste from being created and avoided the generation of more than 30,000 pounds of trash.

Ohio EPA achieved these results by only purchasing computer equipment that is qualified by the Electronic Procurement Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) standard, extending the life of its computer equipment and reusing computer equipment rather than disposing of it.  EPEAT is an internationally recognized system that defines specified environmental performance criteria for office equipment.

The State Electronics Challenge helps state, regional, tribal and local governments reduce the environmental impact of their office equipment.  It annually recognizes the accomplishments of partner organizations.  The Challenge is administered by the Northeast Recycling Council.  Currently, 115 state, regional and local government agencies in 36 states have joined the SEC as partners. For more information on the SEC, including a list of current partner organizations, visit www.stateelectronicschallenge.net.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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