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MEDIA ADVISORY: CEQ, EPA, GSA, and USPS Leaders to Discuss Sustainable Electronics

Release Date: 07/31/2014
Contact Information: Rachel Deitz, Deitz.Rachel@epa.gov, 202-564-1807, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Leaders from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. EPA, GSA, and U.S. Postal Service, along with electronics industry stakeholders, will hold a meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 to discuss progress on the National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship and participation in the U.S. Postal Service BlueEarth« Federal Recycling Program.

Following President Obama’s 2010 call for a taskforce on electronics stewardship, Federal agencies, in collaboration with other country’s governments, academia and the electronics industry, started a collaborative effort to establish a sustainable electronics stewardship strategy. Involved federal agencies have achieved many of the goals set out in the 2011 National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. These accomplishments are outlined in a document released today: Moving Sustainable Electronics Forward: An Update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.

The U.S. Postal Service BlueEarth« Federal Recycling Program is available to participating federal agencies and their employees to send used electronics through the mail to a certified electronics recycler at no cost to the agencies. In 2013, approximately 973,000 federal employees and contractors were eligible to participate in the USPS BlueEarth« Federal Recycling Program. With the recent participation of additional agencies, the program may now reach a potential of more than 1.7 million eligible federal employees and contractors.

WHO:
Kate Brandt, Federal Environmental Executive, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Lisa Feldt, Associate Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kevin Kampschroer, Deputy Senior Sustainability Official, U.S. General Services Administration
Tom Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service

WHAT: National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship Accomplishments

WHERE: U.S. Postal Service Headquarters, Ben Franklin Room, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington D.C.

WHEN: Monday August 4, 2014, 10:00am EDT

HOW: To participate, RSVP to Sarah.A.Ninivaggi@usps.gov by 5pm EDT August 1, 2014. Due to security procedures, only media attendees that have sent an RSVP will be admitted into the event.

This event coincides with the release of Moving Sustainable Electronics Forward: An Update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, available online at: www.epa.gov/electronicsstrategy



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