18. When it was launched in 2006, EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) had three participating manufacturers and a roster of 60 registered products. The EPEAT system has since grown to include more than 30 participating manufacturers registering more than 1,000 eco-friendlier desktops, laptops, and monitors.
Green IT for you and me
19. The average office worker goes through as many as 10,000 sheets of paper per year. That about an entire tree's worth of wood pulp.
20. The average employee wastes $85 worth of printer paper and ink each year through unnecessary printing. Using double-sided printing could reduce that figure.
21. If all commuters worked from home just one day a week, 5.85 billion fewer gallons of oil would be used each year.
22. Sun reports savings of nearly $68 million in real estate costs through its Open Work telecommuting program.
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Green IT in business and politics
23. Companies focused on eco-tech services received $4 billion in venture funding in 2007, up 38 percent over 2006. Today, IT asset recovery is a $6 billion-a-year business.
24. Although e-waste accounts for only 1 to 4 percent of municipal waste, it may be responsible for as much as 70 percent of the heavy metals in landfills, including 40 percent of all lead.
25. The term "greenwashing" was coined by suburban New York environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986. He used the word in an essay in regard to the hotel industry's practice of placing placards in each room promoting reuse of guest towels to "save the environment." He argued that the hotel industry was doing little or nothing else to help the environment and that playing on guests' environmental consciences to reuse towels was merely a ploy to save money.