DuPage County receives national recognition for reducing environmental impact

DOWNERS GROVE — DuPage County was recently awarded a "gold" recognition from the State Electronics Challenge for decreasing its environmental footprint of computer equipment in 2012, according to a news release.

“DuPage County is committed to reducing our environmental impact in a fiscally responsible way," DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said in a press release. "The gold recognition from the State Electronics Challenge verifies that our green initiatives are making a real impact on the environment."

Throughout the last two years of participating in the challenge, the county has saved enough energy to power 328 households per year, properly disposed more than 11,000 pounds of hazardous e-waste and diverted 50,000 pounds of electronics from landfills.

DuPage County is the first and only county, out of five organizations, recognized by the SEC for the gold level, said State Electronics Challenge Program Manager Lynn Rubinstein.

Technology Committee Chairman Brian Krajewski said this is the second year that the county has been recognized by SEC. DuPage received a silver recognition last year.

The SEC is a voluntary program that encourages state, regional and local governments to purchase green computer products, reduce the environmental impact of computers during use and recycle obsolete computers in a safe and responsible manner.

DuPage County offers a variety of resources, programs, free recycling and other green events for residents and businesses. For more information about the county’s green initiatives, visit www.dupageco.org/recycling.