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CEA Applauds ‘Green The Capitol Initiative’ Report


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® in a letter submitted Friday to Daniel Beard, chief administrative officer of the United States House of Representatives, expressed support for the ‘Green the Capitol Initiative.’ The proposal, which is intended to transform the House Capitol complex into a model of sustainability with a goal of carbon neutrality, reduced energy and water consumption and a procurement policy focused on energy efficient products and resource conservation, was submitted last month by Beard to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, and the late House Administration Committee Chairwoman, Juanita Millender-McDonald.

“CEA’s members are committed to environmentally-friendly business practices, and as the industry’s main representative in Washington, we echo that commitment,” said Parker Brugge, CEA’s senior director and environmental counsel. “After reviewing the draft ‘Green the Capitol’ report, CEA is confident we can align our goals and achieve the environmentally-friendly Capitol you desire,” Brugge offered.

CEA presented, the Web portal for the association’s environmental consumer education campaign, to Beard as a possible aid in the realization of the report’s recommendations, such as the preferred purchase of electronics and office equipment certified by Energy Star, designated by the Federal Energy Management Program, or covered by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system.

“In your report, you laid out ambitious goals for purchasing new consumer electronics products at the Capitol, and can serve as a database as you decide which types of products will best fit your needs,” said Brugge. Additionally, CEA encouraged members of Congress and their staff to attend “Saving Energy with Electronics Day” on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Capitol, Room HC-8 which will educate Members of Congress and their staff about the consumer electronics industry’s efforts to promote and showcase a variety of energy-efficient products, including computers, televisions, solar and fuel-cell consumer electronics accessories and the latest in personal power consumption meters.

Beard’s final ‘Green the Capitol’ report, which will include a more complete set of recommendations, is expected for completion on June 30, 2007.


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