NE schools among agencies to join partnership for greening tech assets
Submitted by State Electronics Challenge
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a voluntary program that challenges public entities at the state, regional, and local level to “green” the management of their computer assets. Public entities that take the challenge are referred to as “Partners.” SEC Partners can choose to “green” one or more life-cycle phases of their choice, including purchasing environmentally-preferred computer products, improving power and paper consumption in the equipment use phase, or optimizing the product end-of-life through equipment reuse or recycling. Each year Partners can choose to apply for recognition for their accomplishments.
Any entity within state, regional, or local government is eligible to join the State Electronics Challenge. This includes, for example, departments or agencies within state government, counties and cities; school districts or individual public school; public colleges and universities, public hospital; and public utilities. Currently, only public entities within the 10 Northeast states can become SEC Partners. If a school district joins the SEC as a Partner, then individual schools within the district are not eligible to be separate Partners, but are already Partners because of the district’s partnership.
The 10 Northeast states part of the pilot phase of the SEC include: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
New registrants submit the Baseline & Annual Reporting Form. Completing this form is a great way to assess an organization’s current activities and open up communication with other departments or functions within the organization. Next, the organization reviews the Program Requirements Checklist and decides whether it wants to work on purchasing, operations & maintenance, end-of-life management, or all three life cycle phases. Then, over the course of the year, the organization implements the program requirements.
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