Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Apple’s Cupertino headquarters may just be a few miles away from San Francisco, but the city won’t be spending any more cash on its products.

According to the Wall Street Journal, city agencies in San Francisco will no longer be able to purchase Apple products after the company asked the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) the group that sets environmental standards for electronics to remove all 39 of its products from the agency’s green registry.

The standards set forth by EPEAT require products to be easily disassembled by consumers so that they can remove toxic components such as batteries in order to be considered green. Apple’s newest products can’t be easily taken apart, and thus can no longer be considered green under the standards.

A 2007 policy requires San Francisco city agencies to purchase 100% EPEAT-certified desktops, laptops, and monitors.

“We are disappointed that Apple chose to withdraw from EPEAT, and we hope that the city saying it will not buy Apple products will make Apple reconsider its participation,” Melanie Nutter, director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment said in an interview with the Journal.


Only between one and two percent of San Francisco’s municipal computers are Macs. In 2010, for instance, the city spent $45,579 on Apple products, compared to $3.8 million it spent overall on desktop and laptop computers in the same year.

While mostly symbolic in nature, the move is one that Chris Geiger, manager of green purchasing at San Francisco’s Department of Environment, hopes will influence how other cities who may not require 100% EPEAT certification make their purchases as well.