Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.98 / 1.00 Jerry Wilson
Director Institututional Technology
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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 :

As part of our commitment to reduce the impact of our carbon emissions, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has decided to issue guidance for the procurement of products that are Energy Star rated.
Whenever available, UCCS energy consuming product purchases should be Energy Star rated. If there is no Energy Star rating for a desired product, those making procurement decisions are encouraged to purchase products with the highest energy efficiency available.

The purchase of Energy Star-rated equipment will improve the University’s energy and financial performance while further distinguishing our institution as an environmental leader.
The University of Colorado Procurement Service Center has agreed to support this guiding statement.

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

In 2010, the CU system conducted a strategic purchasing RFP for computer purchases for the entire 4-campus system. The language in the RFP regarding EPEAT is as follows:
The University wishes to purchase Computer Hardware that is Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Silver and/or Gold certified. Offerors are encouraged to propose EPEAT certified Computer Hardware.
While strategic purchasing agreements are not mandatory, they are effective in highlighting desired environmental attributes and providing chosen equipment or services at reduced costs, which makes them attractive to campus purchasers. In 2013 the UCCS IT department chose all EPEAT Gold level computers for the campus computer refresh for a total of 832 computers.

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 15,000 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 0 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 800,000 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
830,000 US/Canadian $

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

2013 computer purchase, the HP EliteOne 800, is EPEAT Gold.
2013 computer purchase, iMac 27" is EPEAT Gold

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