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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

San Francisco City Leaders Boycott Apple Products

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

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San Francisco has pledged to forgo Apple purchases in effort to show its true colors: green.

Last week, the CIO Journal reported that Apple pulled 39 of its products from the registry of green electronics called EPEAT, which requires that electronics be designed so they can be recycled easily.

After reading the news, officials with San Francisco's Department of Environment on Monday told all 50 of the city's agencies that they could no longer use taxpayers money to buy Apple laptops and desktops.

It should come as no surprise that San Francisco, a city renowned for taking a strong stance on issues, did this to make an environmental statement.

"We are disappointed that Apple chose to withdraw from EPEAT," Environment Department Director Melanie Nutter was quoted saying in the CIO Journal. "And we hope that the city saying it will not buy Apple products will make Apple reconsider its participation."

Although the city's Department of Environment does not exactly have the final say over the way employees spend the city's money, San Francisco's Chief Information Officer Jon Walton does, and he told CIO Journal that he supported this boycott.

It remains unclear why Apple removed itself from the registry. We do know that the EPEAT registry doesn't include certifications for smartphones or tablets, and that Apple's new Retina screen and glued-in battery don't pass EPEAT regulations.

Losing local government support could be problematic, even if San Francisco only uses some 700 Macs, according to the Journal. That's just 1 to 2 percent of its municipal computers. However, San Francisco's proximity to Silicon Valley and its prominent status among the environmental elites means this boycott could seriously hurt Apple.

Bur clearly the city means business, considering its desire to be known as a tech hub. Twitter and Airbnb recently signed major contracts to remain in San Francisco, and just yesterday the mayor announced that Pinterest would be relocating here.

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