Environmental Ratings Program Helps Hoteliers Choose Green
NASHVILLE, TN -- May 12, 2009 - Uniguest™, the industry’s leading public computer kiosk company, announced today that it has joined the EPEAT Partner Reseller Program, to support the hospitality industry with its ”Green” purchasing decisions.
EPEAT (www.epeat.net) is the preeminent environmental ratings system for desktops, laptops and monitors, with 30 manufacturers currently registering a total of 1,141 products in the system. The EPEAT system rates products as Bronze, Silver, or Gold based on a multi-attribute standard (IEEE Standard 1680 for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products) encompassing 51 environmental performance criteria.
“Our customers are seeking environmentally-friendly product choices,” said Shawn Thomas, CEO of Uniguest™. “However, most do not have the time or money to research all the different hardware options. We, with EPEAT, have done the research and testing for them and can now provide energy-efficient turnkey options which make our customer’s decisions faster and easier- this greatly assists them.”
All EPEAT registered products must meet 23 mandatory environmental criteria. An additional 28 optional criteria are used to determine whether products earn EPEAT Bronze, Silver, or Gold recognition. Compared to traditional 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 costs and emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases. In addition, manufacturers must offer environmentally responsible recycling options for all EPEAT-registered products.
“We congratulate Uniguest™ on responding to their customers’ desire to improve the environmental and energy performance of their computing operations by becoming an EPEAT Partner, “said Jeff Omelchuck of EPEAT, “By providing EPEAT ratings data to their end users, Uniguest™ will help them choose products with less toxic content, lower energy consumption and operating costs, and easier end of life management options. And as an EPEAT Partner, they communicate their commitment to supporting green initiatives to their customers, their suppliers and their employees.”
“We are very excited to have the support we need from EPEAT and our partner manufacturers to deliver ‘green’ value to our customers as we work with them to meet their product needs,” added Thomas. “We also look forward to expanding the program as EPEAT adds new product standards in future.”
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The EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) program evaluates computer desktops, laptops, and monitors based on 51 environmental criteria developed through an extensive stakeholder consensus process supported by US EPA. The EPEAT standard is ANSI approved and was formally adopted in 2006 as Standard 1680 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). EPEAT will expand to cover a broad list of electronic products through standards development processes already underway, and each product standard will be revised on a regular basis to maintain stringency and technological relevance. For full details on the EPEAT criteria, a searchable database of EPEAT registered products, a list of participating manufacturers, and RFPs using EPEAT, visit the EPEAT website at www.epeat.net
To review products in the searchable EPEAT database by manufacturer, product type, and specific optional criteria, see www.epeat.net/Search.aspx . For the EPEAT criteria list, see www.epeat.net/criteria.aspx .
Ebie McFarland, Publicist
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