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Federal Green Challenge Electronics Goals

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The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) was a partnership program that encouraged federal facilities to purchase greener electronics, reduce the impacts of electronics during use, and manage used electronics in an environmentally safe way. The FEC program ended the partnership and awards sections of the program in August 2013, but is still providing technical information through webinars and by updating the resources on the website.

If your facility participated in EPA's FEC, please let the Federal Green Challenge Team know and we will work to retrieve any past data from the FEC program.

Relative to your baseline, increase the following by 5% or more:
  • Purchase/lease of Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) products;
  • Number of electronic equipment in use with power management enabled;
  • Responsible recycling through 3rd party certified electronics recyclers/donation of electronic equipment; and
  • Average life span of electronics

Reducing Your Electronics Footprint


  • Purchase/lease EPEAT-registered  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
  • Purchase/lease Energy Star Certified Equipment
  • Share electronics and streamline networking to decrease quantity of electronics purchased

Operation & Maintenance

  • Enable power management settings on electronics to reduce energy usage.

Fact: Activating monitor power management can save $10-$35+ per monitor annually.


  • Decrease turnover of electronic equipment.
  • Donate still functional electronics through programs such as Computers for Learning.  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
  • Recycle electronics at end of life only through 3rd party certified electronics recyclers.
  • Achieve 100% recycling of electronics through 3rd party certified electronics recyclers within three years.

Fact: In 2007, about 414,000 tons of electronics were collected in the US for recycling. This prevented the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 178,000 cars.



Case Studies

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board headquarters in Chicago recycled more than 3,200 pounds of electronic waste in one year, a nearly 10 percent increase over its baseline the previous year. This was accomplished by finding additional recycling or repurposing options for the agency’s equipment through the property management process and the Computers for Learning program. Read more about Electronic Waste Recycling Increases Waste Diversion (PDF) (2 pp, 600K).

The U.S. Air Force has successfully integrated EPEAT and EnergyStar into their electronics procurement and implemented power management policies. These changes are expected to save $15 million annually and reduce power plant carbon dioxide emissions by over 100,000 tons per year. Read more about the Air Force's computer purchasing and power management policies (PDF). (2 pp, 314K)

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is implementing comprehensive power management policies for the agency's computers and printers while promoting reuse of surplus devices. Desktops, laptops, and monitors are set to time out after inactivity, reducing power consumption by an estimated 8,383 BTUs per year. Read more about GSA's electronics stewardship program.  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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Executive Order 13514

By 2020, relative to your fiscal year 2008 baseline, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting electronics stewardship. Specific actions to undertake include:

  • Ensure procurement preference for EPEAT-registered products;
  • Establish and implement policies to enable power management, duplex printing, and other energy-efficiency or environmental preferable features on all eligible agency electronic products;
  • Employ environmentally sound practices with respect to the agencys disposition of all agency excess or surplus electronic products;
  • Ensure the procurement of Energy Star and FEMP designation electronic equipment; and
  • Implement best management practices for energy-efficient management of services and Federal data centers.
  • Learn more about Executive Order 13514  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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