Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Columbia University
OP-10: Computer Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.97 / 2.00 Cathy Resler
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase EPEAT Silver or higher computers and monitors?:

The website URL where the EPEAT policy, directive, or guidelines are posted :
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :

Columbia University has purchasing portals for all centralized computer purchases. The University has restricted and standardized the choice of computers purchasers may select to only EPEAT gold certified models on the CUMC and Morningside CUIT Central Administration portals. A third portal exists for non-CUIT supported departments to purchase computers that offers EPEAT gold certified models as well as . Not only does this benefit the environment through EPEAT, but by only having a few models on campus, it increases the reuse of accessories and reduces the need to purchase peripherals as often. Additionally, in Central Administration, all new Dell computers purchased must come with power saving management settings that are more efficient than factory recommendations. Through these guidelines, the University is able to improve our computer environmental footprint.

The Dell Premier site which has sanctioned models for University purchasing include the following models with their EPEAT status:
Optiplex 790 Gold
Latitude E6220 Gold
Latitude E6420 Gold
Optiplex 7010 Gold
Latitude E6430 Gold
Latitude E6230 Gold

Additional URLS:

Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT computers)?:

Expenditures on EPEAT Gold desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
4,006,000 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on EPEAT Silver desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
0 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
4,097,000 US/Canadian $

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