|Submission Date||Dec. 16, 2015|
Stevens Institute of Technology
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing
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 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a global rating system that serves to identify environmentally preferable devices in order to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of electronics. EPEAT serves to connect purchasers to environmentally preferable choices, demonstrating environmental responsibility and innovation. The goal for Stevens will be able to look for electronics that use less energy, are made with recyclable and recycled materials, and which are easier to upgrade, fix, and recycle.
Stevens, as an institution, will demonstrate a purchasing preference for computers and other electronics certified and registered with the EPEAT sustainability standard tool. This is an institution-wide purchasing policy preference and directive that applies to any future products that can be registered with EPEAT. This includes, but is not limited to: desktop computers, notebook/laptop computers, displays, televisions, thin clients, and imaging equipment. This does not include products for which there are no EPEAT certified products, such as mobile devices, tablets, smartphones, or specialized equipment.
Stevens will delegate a member of its electronics purchasing organization as a point of contact who can respond to questions regarding the number of EPEAT products and their ratings. This data shall be submitted on an annual basis by calendar and fiscal year. This data, once submitted, will then become publically available through sustainability reporting tools such as the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System. This responsible party will confirm that the submitted information is accurate to the best of their knowledge.
This policy contains two parts, the institutional preference and the purchasing of EPEAT registered electronics. Stevens commits to the future purchasing of exclusively EPEAT Gold computers, televisions and imaging equipment, as compared to Silver and Bronze certified computers. With both sections of this policy in place, it will be beneficial to the university as it shows the commitment Stevens has to the environment.
Additionally, Stevens will show an institutional preference to purchasing electronics with the following characteristics; ENERGY STAR label, electronics with recycled content, lead-free products, and electronics with extended product life. Products with an ENERGY STAR label uses less energy than non-labeled electronics, an ENERGY STAR computer uses 70% less electricity than computers without this designation.
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
Preferred purchasing guidelines are posted on the Procurement webpage to be made available to those purchasing new items.
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::
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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:
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.