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U.S. Coast Guard Academy awarded for green electronics

A federal facility in New London, Connecticut was among 25 federal facilities nationally recognized for helping the federal government be greener in its buying, using and disposing of electronic equipment.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London was one of 33 winners from 10 federal agencies nationwide to receive the 2012 Federal Electronics Challenge award, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.

In addition, Chris Beling, a project manager at EPA’s New England office, was among 10 individual federal employees to be recognized as a champion in the Federal Electronics Challenge.

The activities of all the winners resulted in $7.8 million in savings last year and greenhouse gas emissions reductions equivalent to taking 6,000 passenger cars off the road for a year. The federal government purchases billions of dollars worth of information technology equipment and services annually.

This year’s award winners include: 10 Platinum Awards, five Gold Awards, ten Silver Awards and eight Bronze Awards. These winners completed a variety of electronics stewardship activities in fiscal year 2011, including purchasing more than 105,000 green electronics registered with EPEAT – the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, software that compares the environmental attributes of computer desktops, laptops and monitors; enabling power saving sleep features on more than 97 percent of their computers and monitors; and recycling more than 361,000 lbs. of electronics.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy was given a bronze medal for its success in reducing the environmental impacts of electronics.

Beling, a project manager in the EPA’s Office of Assistance and Pollution Prevention, was given a Champion Award for her dedication and support to this electronics challenge.

The Federal Electronics Challenge is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to buy greener electronics; reduce the impacts of electronics during use and to manage the disposal of used electronics in an environmentally safe way.