Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.82
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dalhousie University
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Rochelle Owen
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase computers and/or other electronic products that are EPEAT registered or meet similar multi-criteria sustainability standards for electronic products?:

A copy of the electronics purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

The electronics purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines :

The following are purchasing criteria when purchasing and/or leasing computers, MFDS, and other electronic products.

Meet the most recent ENERGY STAR certification with preference to the MOST efficient ENERGY STAR certification.
Meet Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) silver or higher standards.
Meet municipal, provincial and federal laws, rules and regulations.
For imaging equipment, all products should be received with duplexing as the default and all product(s) should have duplexing capabilities.
Provide goods and components that are non-toxic or minimally toxic, and preferably biodegradable.
Vendors should use minimal packaging that is recyclable and/or arranges for packaging and printer cartridges taken back for reuse.
Vendors should:
Meet employment standards such as no forced and child labour, protection of health and safety, and ensure that wages and working hours meet legally mandated minimums and industry standards.
Work actively to improve the environment and respect human rights in the communities operated in.
Minimize health and safety impacts for people involved in manufacturing, operation and disposal of items;
Have a written sustainability policy, plan, and program that address issues such as energy, waste, CO2 emissions, water, local economic development, and community building.


A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:

In Dalhousie Purchasing policy, sustainability criteria are outlined as guidance for university purchasers. The Procurement Department has the responsibility and accountability for managing and overseeing the purchasing activities for the university

Does the institution wish to pursue to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT registered electronics)?:

Expenditures on EPEAT registered desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment::
Expenditure Per Level
EPEAT Bronze ---
EPEAT Silver ---
EPEAT Gold ---

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:

The website URL where information about the institution's electronics purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:

Dalhousie does purchase computer products and AV equipment that meet EPEAT Gold and Silver and ENERGY STAR ratings. We have identified products purchased through ITS that meet our standards. Recently there has been a change in ordering practices. It has been challenging to gather accurate dollar value of purchases, therefore even though we may meet most or all of this credit we cannot verify the dollar amount for this performance year. Further work will be done to work with related departments in the future to gather annual expenditure data.

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