Bush order tightens IT environmental practices

Agencies will have to purchase and use information technology equipment in a manner that minimzes their environmental impact, under an Executive Order President Bush issued Jan. 24.

The order requires:

* Ensure that at least 95 percent of the electronic products the agency acquires are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered.

* Use the Energy Star feature on agency computers to reduce power consumption.

* Dispose of electronic equipment when necessary using environmentally sound practices.

The order, which also sets similar rules for hazardous chemicals, water consumption an electricity usage, makes department heads primarily responsible for ensuring the agency complies.


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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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