EPEAT Imaging Standard Development – Subgroup Summary

The EPEAT 1680.2 Imaging standard has established a variety of subgroups to begin work on criteria and definitions for this standard.  Below is my initial summary of these groups and any issues they have uncovered.  Mostly, there is a call for additional stakeholders so I would ask that if you can, please join the discussions in these subgroups. Indoor Air Quality – Preliminary discussion on scope of products, definition questions. Committed to...

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Green Arts

Recently, several  sustainability consultants with a passion for the arts got together on the phone to figure out a way to combine our green knowledge and our artistic drives. … what came out of this conversation is a group for Greening the Arts .  We provide sustainability consulting to artists and the various support for those artists, be it the venues they play in or display their work , the instruments they use or the way they are...

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EPEAT Working group updates

Imaging Work Group The subgroups for the EPEAT Imaging workgroup have formed and will be meeting over the next two weeks.  Subgroups have formed for each of the 8 existing EPEAT categories.  In addition, 2 additional potential categories have formed groups – consumables and emissions/air quality.  Also, a product definitions group has formed to define the different products that will be included in the scope of the standard. The main task...

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Cost of Carbon helps the bottom line

A recent summary in Environmental Leader indicated that by 2012 the cost of carbon, per the proposed budget and cap-and-trade scheme would be $13.70, resulting in a 6 to 7% increase in fuel and energy costs.  This is based upon a US-only Cap and not a US-Canada-Mexico Carbon Cap which is an alternative possibility.  It also doesn’t include efforts that may be in place for renewable/lower carbon producing energy and fuel alternatives....

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Value of Carbon Management

In 2008, a survey of corporate executives published in McKinsey Quarterly [1] indicated that though climate change is considered important and awareness is high, relatively little is being done in terms of building climate change mitigation, energy usage and emissions reduction into corporate decision-making or operational processes.  Now, in 2009, there are indications that climate change, specifically the contribution from energy use, is...

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