Washington, DC (December 10, 2009) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and EPEAT® today urged school technology leaders to participate in CoSN’s Green Computing Certification Program. Launched by CoSN and EPEAT on Earth Day 2009, the program for schools and school districts recognizes school leaders who are taking the lead in establishing comprehensive greener computing policies and following them up with targeted actions that reduce energy consumption, greenhouses gases, waste and toxics.

"Mitigating the impacts of global climate change is the focus of the talks taking place among world leaders gathered in Copenhagen. Here at home, our nation’s school technology leaders are already engaged in solid best practices for reducing environmental impact," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. "We’re urging school district technology leaders to take advantage of the CoSN green certification program to gain recognition for their environmental efforts, and to share with their peers the initiatives that are reducing schools’ carbon footprint and overall environmental impact."

"The EPEAT environmental rating system for electronic products enables purchasers to easily identify and select products that reduce energy consumption and related carbon emissions, as well as eliminating waste and toxics," said Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of EPEAT. "EPEAT is proud to partner with CoSN to recognize school initiatives that address all phases of IT environmental impact. Many schools and school districts have adopted EPEAT purchasing as part of their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their computing operations, and we are very happy to recognize their visionary efforts."

CoSN launched its Green Computing Initiative in October 2008, to help schools identify ways to do their part to reduce waste, save energy, and promote sustainability. The initiative focuses on three major topic areas: technology energy use; green computing purchase and disposal; and reducing waste and saving natural resources. The Green Computing Certificate recognizes efforts that address responsible purchasing with EPEAT certification, accomplish energy use and greenhouse gas reductions through more energy efficient computing, engage in appropriate computer disposal and use computer applications to reduce resource consumption and waste.

School technology leaders can learn more about the program and download appropriate forms to apply for green computing certification on CoSN’s Green Computing Initiative Web site – www.cosn.org/greencomputing. Following a simple certification process, CoSN and EPEAT provide certified schools with official certificates and program logos for their use in communications and other materials, as well as assistance with gaining recognition from local media and their peers, and opportunities to be profiled on the two organizations’ Web sites.

The CoSN Green Computing Initiative is sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent, Faronics, Gartner, HP, IBM, InfoTechResearch, Lenovo, nGenera, Nortel, Polyvision, SAS and Samsung.

For more information about the CoSN Green Computing Certification Program, please click here. To learn more about CoSN’s Green Computing Leadership Initiative, click here. Information on EPEAT and the EPEAT Purchasing Partner program can be found here.

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About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning. CoSN provides leadership, community and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. 

 

CoSN leadership initiatives include:
Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org)
Data-Driven Decision-Making (www.3d2know.org)
Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent (www.superintendentempower.org)
Green Computing (www.cosn.org/greencomputing)
IT Crisis Preparedness (www.cosn.org/ITCrisisPrep)
K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org)
Small District Technology Leadership (http://72.3.238.178/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page)
Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org)
Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org)
Web2.0 Policy and Leadership (http://www.cosn.org/web20/).

CoSN’s membership is a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s programs, events and resources supporting and promoting leadership development, advocacy and connections to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.
 
About EPEAT
EPEAT evaluates computer desktops, laptops, and monitors based on 51 environmental criteria developed through a stakeholder consensus process supported by US EPA. EPEAT is based on the ANSI-approved IEEE 1680 standard and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Portland, OR. Compared to conventional computer equipment, all EPEAT-registered computers have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury to better protect human health and the environment. They are more energy efficient, which reduces emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases. They are also easier to upgrade and recycle. In fact, manufacturers must offer environmentally responsible recycling options for all EPEAT-registered products. For more on EPEAT criteria and qualified products, see www.epeat.net.

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