Bob Mansfield, Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, posted a letter on the company's website saying that he had "heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed" in Apple's pulling of its 39 products from EPEAT.
Surely, you can guess that some of these loyal Apple customers were right here in foggy San Francisco. On Tuesday, San Francisco city leaders pledged to boycott Apple products in an effort to show how green our city really is.
The list requires that electronics are designed so that they can be recycled easily. Some of Apple's products, including the iPhone, iPad, and the new Macbook Pro, do not meet EPEAT standards, but Apple will register products that do meet the registry's requirements.
Apple has seen quantitative success after rejoining EPEAT. According to the press, "shares of Apple rose $7.66, or 1.3 percent, to $606.56 in afternoon trading."