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Hanford Site contractors receive award for procurement of sustainable electronics

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RICHLAND, WA – Three Hanford Site contractors – Mission Support Alliance (MSA), CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) - were recently recognized as leaders in the procurement and use of sustainable information technology products by the Green Electronics Council and managers of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) label. The council recognizes companies for their efforts to reduce costs while also taking steps to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gases

EPEAT is a ranking system that helps companies compare and select desktop computers and office equipment based on their environmental attributes. The equipment includes monitors, copiers, thin clients, fax machines, and tablets.

Mission Support Alliance (MSA) purchased the EPEAT products for use by contractors at Hanford which will result in a reduction of 363.5 metric tons of primary materials; the avoidance of 1.6 metric tons of water pollutant emissions; the avoidance of disposal of 2.6 metric tons of hazardous waste; and a savings of more than one million kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power 81 average-sized homes for a year.

“As the site integrator for the Department of Energy, we want to bring in products that are environmentally friendly, energy efficient and reduce costs,” said Todd Eckman, MSA vice president for Information Management. “Our IT procurement team partnered with MSA, CH2M and WRPS to select appropriate products that help reduce our carbon footprint, reflecting the Hanford community’s commitment to environmental awareness.”

Award winners were recognized for their purchases in three IT product categories: PCs and displays, imaging equipment, and televisions. Award winners earned one star for each product category in which they committed to purchasing EPEAT-registered products.

The submission from the three Hanford contractors received a three-star award.

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