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Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Arlington
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Meghna Tare
Director
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?:
Yes

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

Responsible Purchasing Practices

As an agency of the State of Texas and as a public institution of higher education, we have a responsibility to support matters of public policy. Accordingly, when possible, buyers should give consideration in their award decisions to goods and services described in this section.

Recycled/remanufactured goods: Whenever possible, Procurement staff and delegated university departments shall specify the following recycled/remanufactured goods, or their use:

Products made of recycled, remanufactured, or environmentally sensitive materials, including:

recycled steel

100% post-consumer content office paper

30% to 100% PCC color-copy paper

Recycled paper products including, but not limited to, stationery, letterhead, and business cards

Energy-efficient products that contain the Energy Star rating, including:

computers

photocopiers

other applicable office equipment

"Green" cleaning supplies and other applicable products, having Green Seal or Eco Logo Certification

Rubberized asphalt paving material

Recycled motor oil and lubricants

Products produced at facilities located on formerly contaminated property

Local Suppliers: When possible, buyers should give consideration to goods that are:

Supplies, materials, equipment, or services produced in Texas and/or offered by Texas bidders

Agricultural products produced or grown in Texas

Agricultural products and services offered by Texas bidders

USA produced supplies, material or equipment

Economically depressed and blighted areas: When possible, buyers should give consideration to the purchase of products and services from economically depressed or blighted areas.

Purchases from people with disabilities (TIBH): When the University purchases goods or services that are available from a TIBH source from a non-TIBH source, a written justification must be provided documenting why TIBH goods or services were unacceptable. Information about TIBH goods and services can be obtained at their website, http://www.tibh.org/index.php.

If a TIBH supplier is not chosen, prepare a written justification documenting the reason why TIBH goods or services were unacceptable. Reasons may be specifications regarding quality, quantity, delivery, life cycle costs, and prices.

Forward the written justification to the Senior Director of Procurement Services or designee with a request or review and approval.

Alliance Contract Purchase: The Office of Procurement will review all requisitions to determine if the requested items/services are available from one of the Alliance contracts.
Term (State of Texas) Contract Purchase: The Office of Procurement will review all requisitions to determine if the requested items are listed under (TPASS) http://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/Term Contracts.

TXMAS Contracts: The Office of Procurement will review all requisitions to determine if the requested items are listed under TXMAS Contracts.

DIR Contracts: The Office of Procurement will review all requisitions to determine if the requested items are listed under DIR Contracts.

Historically underutilized businesses (HUBs): The Texas Government Code encourages all state agencies to make a good faith effort to increase purchases and contract awards to certified historically underutilized businesses. See Contract with Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) (Procedure 4-28) for more information about UT Arlington HUB policie


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

In reference to computer systems supported by OIT, all of the computer systems on our bulk purchase page are EPEAT registered. New computer purchases are required to conform to section VII of the university’s purchasing procedure for computer equipment as outlined below.

https://www.uta.edu/policy/procedure/4-2#section-8-7

The link to our bulk-purchase page is below.

http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/bulkbuys/index.php

Currently, all systems that are setup by OIT for campus use that are managed by the UTA Domain have the display settings set to turn off the display after 15 minutes of inactivity. Systems that are not a part of the UTA Domain are managed by their respective users.

All printers on our bulk purchase page are duplex capable.

Printers that meet all the following criteria have the duplexing setup by default. Exceptions are granted by request from the departments.

1. The printer must have a hardware duplex unit installed
2. The printer must be attached to the UTA network
3. The printer must be managed by a queue on one of our servers

Printers that do not meet any of the above criteria are not managed by OIT. Unmanaged printers are managed by their respective users.


Does the institution wish to pursue to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT registered electronics)?:
No

Expenditures on EPEAT registered desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment::
Expenditure Per Level
EPEAT Bronze 0 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 0 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 0 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
5000000 US/Canadian $

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

The University Office of Information Technology is constantly reviewing and updating technology preferences to address energy savings.

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