Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.40
Liaison Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Illinois Chicago
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.89 / 1.00 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for 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 :

While there is no institution-wide stated preference to purchase electronic products that are EPEAT registered, the University's Administrative Information Technology Services (AITS) offers guidelines on sustainability efforts for technology resources. AITS provides descriptions on why environmentally friendly electronic products are important, referring to effective power management, energy consumption, eco-friendly disposal of e-waste, and the virtualization of servers and applications to reduce power consumption. Their website lists vendors that have established green initiatives (or Energy Star certifications) that they take advantage of purchasing through University or state contracts. These include: Apple, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and SUN/Oracle. AITS also utilizes planned refresh cycles where they can take advantage of technology improvements, lowering prices and lowering energy consumption.

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

All of Office of Business and Finance solicitation documents follow the State Procurement Code and include specifications which outline the requirements for sustainability, required certifications, or green products. We provide the vehicle agreement/contract) for the Universities to purchase from.

The State does have Preferences/Special Programs for Environmentally Preferable Supplies (30 ILCS 500/45-26) located at:


The Universities purchase off of these agreements / University Contracts within the scope, within their budgets, and at the guidelines set by the University.

We want the best and greenest products or services for our University. Included in the microcomputer IFB are:
* take-back programs (at the end of life the microcomputers are sent back to be re-used as parts or whole)
* swap-outs (microcomputers are swapped out for the same or newer models when there is a problem)
* vendor trained computer technicians (eliminates the need for the vendor to provide a technician to drive to campus to fix/upgrade computers in-house

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 3,326 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 21,675 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 1,757,531 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
2,088,988 US/Canadian $

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

Does not include purchases of Apple computers.

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