Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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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 :

Penn State's Energy Conservation Policy AD-64 states that:
- Computers purchased with University funds are required to be ENERGY STAR and EPEAT labeled unless suitable justifications are approved by the appropriate budget executive.
- Office equipment purchased with University funds is required to be ENERGY STAR labeled unless approved by the responsible budget executive. See http://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD64.html
In addition, Penn State's Purchasing Department guidelines state that:
"We encourage suppliers to identify products, services, or processes that promote environmental stewardship. In addition to the requested bid, suppliers are encouraged to offer an additional bid for products, services, or processes that are more environmentally friendly." See http://auth.abservices.psu.edu/Purchasing/stewardship.cfm for additional information

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

Budget Executives in each administrative area are charged with responsibility for implementing AD 64, which includes language about EPEAT requirements. Purchasing staff also are expected to comply with the policy.

Purchasing includes Penn State's environmental policy and requirements on all our bids and purchase orders, and do not accept product or include vendors who do not meet these requirements. http://www.purchasing.psu.edu/environmental.shtml

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:

Data on electronics purchases are not readily available due to the decentralized nature of IT-related purchases at Penn State. (At this time of our 2011 STARS report, computer hardware was sold through the on-campus Computer Store, which has since closed.) Most purchases now go through the Purchasing office or eBuy; the later takes users directly to the supplier websites. Suppliers are given the option of flagging items that meet EPEAT or other "green" criteria; however most currently do not do this. Because of Penn State's policy that all such purchases be EPEAT-certified unless justification is provided for waiver of the policy, we assume that most if not all of electronics are EPEAT certified at some level.

Dell is Penn State's main supplier of computer hardware. All standard computer bundles, which account for most computer purchases at the University, are EPEAT certified at the gold or silver standard, with the exception of a single laptop model.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.