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Whole Life Considerations in IT Procurement. It’s not easy being green but the payback is a clean and beautiful planet. Where We’re Going Today. 10000 foot overview of three case studies Lessons learned Why do we care Vendor relationships What’s happening What needs to happen.

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whole life considerations in it procurement

Whole Life Considerations in IT Procurement

It’s not easy being green but the payback is a clean and beautiful planet

where we re going today
Where We’re Going Today
  • 10000 foot overview of three case studies
  • Lessons learned
  • Why do we care
  • Vendor relationships
  • What’s happening
  • What needs to happen
three case studies
Three Case studies
  • The Laptop Standardization
  • The PDA Standardization
  • The LCD vs. CRT Monitor Comparison
laptop standardization
Laptop Standardization
  • Gave equal weight in our decision to environmental factors
  • Provided vendors with a list of 10 questions
  • A painful process
pda standardization
PDA Standardization
  • Similar to the laptop, but we had learned a little about where to go for answers
  • Vendors responded better in general because we had them trained
lcd vs crt comparison
LCD vs. CRT Comparison

CRT

LCD

17 in / 15.9 in viewable

15.1 in viewable

5048 in3 volume

1452 in3 volume

45.7 lbs.

10 lbs.

63 watts (full on power)

30 watts (full on power)

11.5 watts (low power)

6.3 watts (low power)

lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Sales Reps don’t know and don’t (really) care
  • Those who do can be buried deep in the organization
  • More information is often available online
why do we care
Why do we care?
  • Toxins to take

seriously

  • The liabilities

are real

toxins
Toxins
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Halogenated Flame Retardants
  • Etc
liability
Liability
  • Examples of law
  • Embarrassing revelations
vendor relationships
Vendor Relationships
  • Able to direct their environmental decision making
  • Everyone learned more about what can be done
successes with vendors
Successes with Vendors
  • Multi Crate Cart
  • End of Life discussions with Seattle Schools
the good
The Good
  • Eco Labels
  • EPA
  • Other resources
the hope
The Hope
  • EPEAT
  • Vendor consciousness raising
  • Purchasing agent awareness
  • Governmental regulations
the charge
The Charge
  • Get involved with your government
  • Expect more from your vendors
  • Get educated
  • Implement new procurement practices
web sites
Web Sites
  • http://www.ecma.ch The European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) is an international, industry association founded in 1961 and dedicated to the standardization of information and communication systems.
  • www.tcodevelopment.com TCO The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees.
  • http://www.epa.gov Environmental Protection Agency.
  • http://www.epa.gov/dfe/index.htm DfE EPA’s Design for the Environment.
  • http://yosemite1.epa.gov/oppt/eppstand2.nsf/Pages/DisplayAisle.html?Open&Computer%20Store&Computers EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing database.
  • http://www.svtc.org Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. A comprehensive site on high tech impacts on community, worker and environmental health. 
  • http://www.productstewardship.net/index.html The Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC) is a group of government agencies working with businesses and non-profit organizations to integrate product stewardship principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest.
  • http://www.epeat.net/ A multi-stakeholder process to design and implemenmt a tool for evaluating the environmental performance of electronic products.
  • http://www.newdream.org/procure/products/computers.html Computer purchasing strategies for governments.
city of seattle

City of Seattle

David Matthews

david.matthews@seattle.gov

Shirli Axelrod

Shirli.axelrod@seattle.gov