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Federal Green Challenge


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FGC Electronics Goals

Promote electronics stewardship in the federal government by encouraging federal facilities to purchase greener electronics, reduce the impacts of electronics during use, and manage used electronics in an environmentally safe way.

Relative to your baseline, increase the above by 5% or more.
  • Purchase/lease Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) products
  • The number of electronic devices in use with power management enabled
  • Recycle responsibly through 3rd party certified electronics recyclers/donation of electronic equipment
  • The average life span of electronics

Reduce Your Footprint


  • Purchase/lease EPEAT-registeredExit
  • Purchase/lease Energy Star certified equipmentExit
  • Share electronics and streamline networking to decrease quantity of electronics purchased

Operation & Maintenance

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

  • Enable power management settings on electronics to reduce energy usage.
  • GSA’s SFToolExit has information on opportunities to save energy by reducing plug loads in offices, break rooms and support areas
  • Learn how you can reduce paper and printer ink usage in your offices from the Federal Electronics Challenge


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 (Success Stories)

  • Air Force's computer purchasing
  • U.S. General Services Administration electronic stewardship
  • Enhancing recycling increases waste diversion

More case studies are available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Page.

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