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Pennsylvania resident wins Federal Electronics Challenge Award

Daniel Gallo, a resident of Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, is one of only 10 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees nationwide honored for helping federal agencies protect the environment by making smarter purchases and use of electronics products. Gallo’s efforts helped federal agencies save $7.8 million and cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions last year equivalent to taking 6,000 passenger cars off the road for one year, earning him the 2012 Federal Electronics Challenge Award.

The Federal Electronics Challenge Award is EPA’s national award which recognizes superior work in encouraging federal facilities and agencies to purchase greener electronics, use them in ways less harmful to the environment, and ensure old or used electronics are recycled or discarded in beneficial and environmentally-safe ways.

Responsibly buying and managing electronics is important given that computers, mobile phones, printers and other electronic equipment contain toxic materials, consume significant amounts of energy during use, and present complex challenges when they are discarded.

“The federal government is one of the largest consumers of electronics. And far too many electronics end up in landfills,” said Gallo, an EPA electronics recycling specialist. “What gives me a great deal of satisfaction is helping people to use these devices wisely and to help dispose of them with the least impact on the environment.”

Gallo, who has been with EPA for 23 years, has worked on the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act’s waste regulations and has also been the enforcement coordinator for the lead-based paint program. He has worked as the region’s electronics recycling specialist since 2007.