Frequent Questions

Why should the Federal government get involved?

The federal government, which purchases billions of dollars* worth of information technology equipment and services annually, has the opportunity to provide leadership in the environmentally sound and cost effective management of electronics. Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 sets goals for the federal government to improve our environmental, energy and economic performance, in part through specific electronics stewardship activities.

Purchasing or leasing new equipment provides the opportunity to obtain environmentally preferable electronics. Appropriate management of equipment during use can reduce energy use and extend the life of electronics. Disposition of electronics provides the opportunity for reuse or environmentally responsible recycling. The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) assists federal agencies and facilities in meeting the goals of E.O. 13514.

*Source: U.S. Office of Management and Budget.


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