Ingram Micro Makes It Easier to Go Green

Green computing has been catching on in the industry, but most of the initiatives have come from hardware and software vendors, not the channel. Now distributor Ingram Micro has introduced a service that changes that.

A new assessment tool, called EPEAT (fshort for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a rating tool that helps channel partners identify 51 different enviromental performance criteria for desktops, notebooks and monitors. Ingram has ranked its product  base in North America on three levels based on how "green" they are.

The service should especially benefit VARs who deal in vertical markets such as government or education that are driving tougher standards for environmentally friendly products. Ingram Micro executives note that VARs now can include the green information to include on their bids for government contracts. The company says it has become the first distributor to partner with EPEAT in the program. It's a worthwhile effort that should be quite valuable, as well as socially responsible. Hopefully, it will also play an important role in boosting the channel's environmental credentials and the green computing effort.


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