Published on July 11th, 2012 | by tweetdrudge0
San Francisco plans to ban APPLE computers for city workers…
After announcing that they are pulling their participation in the environmental certification program used by both governments and universities in making purchasing decisions, Apple is finding an unexpected backlash. San Francisco, the city known for its hippy subculture, has unsurprisingly made the decision to stop stocking its government offices with Apple’s expensive machines. Before Apple announced its participation, San Franciscos more than 28,000 employees in its 50 departments were able to use city funds to buy the pricey Apple systems. Alas, they are going to be forced to spend taxpayer dollars on cheaper equipment going forward. To the dire news, the city of San Francisco was quoted as saying, “bummer man”.
Even the University of California, the US’s largest higher public education system is getting all hot and bothered as their bylaws require that they use the EPEAT registry when making purchase decisions.
Apple’s decision to abandon the EPEAT is interesting in that they were one o fthe companies that helped create the organization. In a statement, Apple’s Kristen Huguet said “Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact, and all of our products meet the strictest energy-efficiency standards backed by the U.S. government…. We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials.”
In light of the contention, it makes one to wonder why Apple would bother to leave the organization at all. Some are pointing to the EPEAT’s outdated standards. It is our belief, however, that Apple plans to begin powering their computers using gasoline.