New database lets IT purchasers buy 'green'

An environmental consortium will unveil a federally funded database next week listing computer hardware products that meet relatively new environmentally friendly standards.

The database, available July 24, is a procurement tool that will let both public and private institutional purchasers evaluate, compare and buy desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes.

Based on standards with the Electronic Product Environmental Asset Tool, the database contains products that have reduced levels of lead, mercury and other metals. The products are also more energy efficient.

The Environmental Protection Agency in January awarded the Green Electronics Council of Portland, Ore., a grant to develop the EPEAT standard, which was unveiled earlier this year.

There are more than 60 computer hardware products from three manufacturers already included in the database, Green Electronics Council said, and several government agencies are already using the EPEAT standards for computer purchases.

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