Did The EPEAT Environmental Registry Cave On Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro?

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now brian proffitt Just three months after Apple’s public relations snafu that saw the company mysteriously leave the computer industry’s EPEAT environmental standards program and then come back again under a cloud of shame, it turns out the Mac/iPhone maker had little to worry about. All of the products Apple submitted to the registry, including the Retina MacBook Pro at the heart of the original controversy, have now qualified for EPEAT status anyway.That development, though, has gotten a lot of folks angry, including environmental organization Greenpeace and noted repair site iFixit.org, who have accused EPEAT of watering down its standards in order to accommodate what they describe as Apple’s decidedly non-environmental hardware.The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry rates devices on their “greenness.” based on factors such as longevity, upgradability and recyclability. EPEAT is sponsored by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and revenue from industry participants in its registry, specifically annual fees based on a company’s sales and revenue in an evaluated product’s category, according to Sarah O’Brien, Director of Outreach and Communications for EPEAT.Of EPEAT’s 47 participants, O’Brien emphasized, “Apple pays only a small part of our total revenue.”O’Brien’s statement was aimed at countering comments from Greenpeace and iFixIt that implied that because Apple was essentially paying for its own certification, the company was able to call the shots as far as receiving Gold certification for the Retina MacBook Pro.The Retina Lightning RodThe Retina MacBook Pro has become the poster child for Apple’s avoidance of green standards. In June, criticism for Apple’s recyclability came to a head when iFixit noted that the laptop used a lot of glue to bind the display, case and boards within the device together. In iFixit’s opinion at the time, this makes the device very hard to service and recycle.It’s an assertion iFixit is very strongly maintaining.“Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro – the least repairable, least recyclable computer I have encountered in more than a decade of disassembling electronics – was just verified ‘Gold’, along with four other ultrabooks,” blogged iFixit’s Kyle Wiens. “This decision demonstrates that the EPEAT standard has been watered down to an alarming degree.”Greenpeace went even farther in its assertions.“Apple wanted to change the EPEAT standards when it knew its MacBook Pro with Retina Display would likely not qualify for the registry in July of this year – now EPEAT has reinterpreted its rules to include the MacBook Pro and ultrabooks,” Greenpeace IT analyst Casey Harrell said in a statement to PC World.“Is it a coincidence?” Harrell continued. “It’s unclear why EPEAT caved in, but the impact is that EPEAT has confused consumers and businesses who want to buy green electronics that can be repaired and will last a long time, and sets a dangerous trend for the burgeoning market of ultrabooks.”EPEAT Fires BackO’Brien was equally assertive in her defense of EPEAT’s evaluation of the Retina MacBook and other products.“We are a standards-based program,” O’Brien told me, referring to the IEEE 1680.1 standards. “Our verification and registry of products is based on those standards.”O’Brien’s boss, CEO Robert Frisbee, also defends the groups actions.“Once standards are defined and agreed-upon, EPEAT’s focus becomes verifying products that are on the registry. EPEAT staff are not directly involved in the investigations, and do not have any authority to alter the requirements to let participants off the hook. Through investigations by independent contractors, products are either found conformant to the standard or not,’ Frisbee wrote in EPEAT’s blog this week in reaction to the media kerfuffle.Both EPEAT staff members emphasized that since EPEAT follows the letter of the standards when it has products tested, it is doing its job as expected. O’Brien outlined how many stakeholders, from manufacturers to environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) like Greenpeace, are involved in the standards-building process.“The ideal situation is that everyone brings their perspectives and goals to the standards discussions,” O’Brien said. But, she added, those goals have to be balanced with the need to actually have products be able to achieve the standards at some point.O’Brien defended the notion that EPEAT’s standards are easy to attain. “When the Registry first launched, there were no Gold products for a year.”Currently there are 1,573 active Gold-rated products in EPEAT’s Gold level of certification. By contrast, 671 have achieved Silver status and 38 have Bronze status.EPEAT’s Present and FutureTo meet minimal EPEAT standards, products have to meet 28 baseline regulatory requirements set by the EPA. To get EPEAT’s additional levels of certification (Bronze, Silver, and Gold), the product has to rate well in optional criteria such as the reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials and design for end-of-life.While EPEAT is not itself a government organization, its product ratings can be important to governments. U.S. federal agencies, for example, are required to give EPEAT-registered products preference in procurement decisions. This, more than anything else, is why most people believed Apple returned its products to EPEAT’s registry in July.What is not clear is why Apple would leave EPEAT to begin with. O’Brien said that her organization still does not know what prompted Apple’s initial departure.For now, EPEAT and other organizations, including the EPA, are beginning talks to revise the IEEE standards. O’Brien says this is critical in order to keep the standards relevant to the fast changes in hardware design.“We have to get the goal and vision out head of rapid changes,” O’Brien said.Image courtesy of Shutterstock / ReadWriteWeb. center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Apple#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

US Women Beat Germany, 2-0

first_imgMONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans.Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net.Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup on June 30.“That’s exactly what I did, shut out everything around me and focused on what I needed to do,” she said.Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany. Kelley O’Hara came in off the bench and scored in the 85th minute, delighting the pro-American crowd.Hope Solo posted her fifth straight shutout, continuing a dominant run for the American defense. The second-ranked United States has gone 513 minutes without conceding a goal.The victory captured the attention of President Barack Obama, who posted his congratulations on his Twitter account. Actor and musician Justin Timberlake also cheered on the U.S., tweeting “USA! USA! USA!!!!!”Next up for the U.S. is the winner of the July 1 match in Edmonton between defending champion Japan, ranked No. 4, and sixth-ranked England. Germany will play the loser of the second semifinal in the third-place game in Edmonton on July 4.The final is set for July 5 at Vancouver’s BC Place. “We didn’t come here just to make the final,” Lloyd said. “We came here to win it, so we’re going to go after it.”It was the fourth World Cup meeting between Germany and the U.S. In each of the first three games, the winner went on to take the title.The marquee matchup led to lines of fans waiting to get in about three hours before the game. The line for the main souvenir stand snaked up a half-dozen ramps to the building’s third level at one point.The stadium built for the 1976 Olympics, where the East German men won the gold medal, was filled nearly to its blue fabric roof, mostly with fans cheering for the United States. The crowd was announced at 51,176.Previous games in Montreal had the stadium less than half full, with the upper bowl completely empty.The United States had several good chances from the start. Julie Johnston missed on a header off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan’s breakaway in the 15th minute was stopped by goaltender Nadine Angerer.There was a scary moment in the first half when Germany’s Alexandra Popp and American midfielder Morgan Brian collided in front of the U.S. goal following a free kick from about 25 yards out.Television cameras caught blood in Popp’s hair, and Brian was prone on the field for several minutes. Both players returned to the match.Sasic’s penalty kick came after Johnston fouled Popp in the box. Sasic fooled Solo, who went right, but her kick went wide left, prompting a roar from the crowd.Sasic went into the match as the tournament’s high scorer with six goals.Shortly thereafter, Annike Krahn got a yellow card for fouling Morgan in the box, but replays showed it occurred just outside. Lloyd’s penalty kick was her third goal in three matches.“Of course, I’m very, very sad about this, that this penalty shot decided the match,” German coach Silvia Neid said. “What am I going to do though? A referee decision is something I have to live with. I am very sad about it, but I cannot change it.”Lloyd is known for coming up big in important games. She scored the winning goal in overtime to beat Brazil for the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and scored both U.S. goals in the final of the 2012 London Olympics against Japan. She is the only player to score the winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals.In the World Cup quarterfinals, she scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over China.O’Hara scored on Lloyd’s left-footed cross.The United States tweaked its formation for the match. Morgan started up top, with Lloyd as an attacking midfielder with Rapinoe and Tobin Heath on the wings.The U.S. had success in its quarterfinal against China when it had Lloyd roaming up top and Brian back as a holding midfielder. The shift paid off with Lloyd’s goal on a lofted kick from Johnston.The United States improved to 3-1 against Germany in World Cup matches and 19-4-7 overall.“I think inside our environment, we knew we had this in us,” coach Jill Ellis said. “We do a good job of blocking out the distractions.”The United States has won two World Cup titles, but none since 1999. The Americans have appeared in the semifinals of all seven of the women’s tournaments.This tournament has played out with FIFA embroiled in scandal.Earlier June 30, FIFA confirmed that President Sepp Blatter would skip the World Cup final, as U.S. officials pursue a criminal investigation into the game’s ruling body.Blatter’s second-in-command, Secretary General Jerome Valcke, also will be absent from the biggest event in women’s soccer “due to their current commitments in Zurich,” FIFA said in a statement.(ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Guzan rebounds from ‘worst moment in career’

first_imgUnited States Guzan puts World Cup qualifying nightmare behind him to deliver Atlanta United shutout Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 13:00 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brad Guzan MLS Atlanta United 09132017 Brett Davis United States MLS New York RB v Atlanta United Trinidad and Tobago v United States Atlanta United New York RB Trinidad and Tobago WC Qualification CONCACAF The veteran goalkeeper overcame the disappointment of the U.S. missing out on the 2018 World Cup to help his side earn a draw at Red Bull Arena HARRISON, N.J. — Brad Guzan didn’t play like someone carrying the burden of a catastrophic result, but the Atlanta United goalkeeper readily admitted it wasn’t easy putting the disappointment of the U.S. national team’s World Cup qualifying failure behind him.Guzan did just that, though, making three saves in a 0-0 draw against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.Just five days after being on the bench for the U.S. team’s stunning 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, which cost the Americans a place at the 2018 World Cup, Guzan was still processing the pain of that defeat, even as he put in a strong showing for his club team. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It was probably the worst moment in my career,” Guzan told Goal. “To be a part of that, we failed, plain and simple. We didn’t get the job done.”Because of the magnitude of Tuesday it wasn’t easy by any means. The weight that Tuesday carries isn’t something that you brush aside lightly.”Guzan turned in a strong showing for the expansion side, which heads into the final weekend of the MLS season with a chance to climb as high as second place in the Eastern Conference with a win at home against Toronto FC.”He played how he had to play, like a professional of his stature,” Atlanta coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said. “He didn’t get to play for the national team, but he kept on going and came here and did the things he had to do.””I think it shows Brad’s character,” Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan added.What a save, @bguzan! #NYvATL https://t.co/stOmj45ad3— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 15, 2017A longtime friend and former teammate of Guzan’s, Kljestan nearly spoiled the shutout with a shot off the post. He, as much as anyone at Red Bull Arena, knew full well what Guzan was dealing with after Tuesday’s qualifying debacle.”Obviously he was very (unhappy) with not playing in that Trinidad game after they had split every time — then you feel helpless on the bench, you can’t do anything,” Kljestan said. “For him to come out and play a very good game tonight, I’m happy for him. I wish my shot would have gone in, but I’m happy for him.”Guzan will play a big part in Atlanta’s quest to become only the second MLS expansion team to win an MLS Cup (after the Chicago Fire in 1998), and he credits the club with helping him deal with last week’s national team disappointment.”In terms of Atlanta United, these guys have been great since I came back,” Guzan said. “They’ve been able to help me in terms of being mentally focused here and concentrating here. I owe it to them to be mentally and physically ready.”As for the national team, the 33-year-old made it clear he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.”There’s friendlies in November. We’ll see who they name as the manager and then go from there,” Guzan said. “There’s a long time between now and November, and what U.S. Soccer’s going to do. There’s a lot of things on the table. We’ll wait and see.”If my name and number is called, I’ll be there.”last_img read more