Source: CNS Y-12 | Release | August 21, 2020
Y-12, Pantex honored for sustainable purchasing practices
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC recently received 2020 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Purchaser Awards for excellence in their procurement of sustainable information technology products at Y-12 National Security and the Pantex Plant. In a virtual ceremony, the sites were recognized by the Green Electronics Council for purchasing EPEAT electronics such as computers, printers, phones, televisions, copiers, scanners and servers.
“Receiving EPEAT awards for both Y-12 and Pantex validates our sustainable acquisition practices,” said Sherith Hudson, CNS Sustainable Acquisition Program Coordinator. “By considering how we operate in the ecological, social and economic environment, we are creating long-term value for taxpayers, and because we operate federal facilities, our sustainable IT purchases encourage the adoption of similar practices by other federal and commercial entities, which helps mature the market for sustainable products.”
Y-12 and Pantex were among 74 organizations from around the world who were celebrated for their decision to purchase sustainable electronic products. The organizations included cities, states, federal agencies, healthcare systems, universities, K-12 school systems and companies. The organizations recognized required EPEAT in their procurement policies and contracts and reported EPEAT purchasing volume through their award application.
“EPEAT Purchaser Award winners are champions in the practice of sustainable procurement,” said Nancy Gillis, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. “Their leadership creates sustainability gains not only for their own organizations but for all purchasers of electronics globally by creating demand for sustainable products.”
Hudson agreed, explaining that CNS considers both the local and global impact of its strategies. “The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chain emphasizes the importance of buying sustainable IT products,” Hudson said. “When supply chains are restricted, it’s easy to imagine a future where non-renewable resources are not available. Whether facing this pandemic or other local or global challenges, our investment in energy-efficient products, such as EPEAT-registered equipment, will save energy and improve all of our resiliency.”
This infographic shows the lifetime cost savings and environmental impact reductions from Y-12 National Security Complex’s EPEAT purchases in 2019.