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The U.S. government will dispose of some 750,000 computers and monitors this year and spend $79 billion on IT. That budget will include the purchase of roughly one million computers and monitors.
This vast IT footprint will become more environmentally friendly under two executive orders issued in 2007 and 2009. The orders direct government agencies to adopt a range of sustainability measures, including several green IT requirements, such as reducing paper use and buying more efficient equipment.
Government agencies are beginning to make good on these orders, but most haven’t created baselines or targets to measure progress, according to a recent report (PDF) from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This makes it impossible to tell whether the efforts are truly advancing President Obama’s sustainability agenda.