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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.57
Liaison Yaffa Grossman
Submission Date March 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Beloit College
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.68 / 1.00 Lindsay Chapman
Sustainability Coordinator
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?:
No

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

It is College policy that all technology related items including computer hardware, peripherals that interface with computers, software and audio-visual equipment, regardless of funding source, are to be ordered through the Information Technology (IT) department.

Please contact IT Support to initiate the ordering process. The IT staff will work with you to identify the option(s) to meet your needs.

There are a number of advantages this policy offers:

Cost savings: cost savings are realized through discounts, greater standardization, volume purchasing, staffing efficiencies, and other means;
Consulting services: IT is available to consult on the best options;
Support: affords more effective and efficient maintenance and support;
Tracking: appropriate equipment and software licenses will be added to the College's inventory database maintained by IT for insurance and accounting purposes;
Compatibility: insures compatibility between all components of the Beloit College network;
Big picture: provides IT with knowledge of campus resources to facilitate collaboration with, and integration of, information technology.

Please note that IT will only purchase from approved vendors who provide supported products. College technology purchases are not made from individuals, through online auctions such as eBay or any similar type of purchasing source.

App purchases from places such as the Mac App Store or the Android Market are related to a personal account. Therefore, individuals may make these purchases without consulting with IT. It is up to the budget manager to determine if college funds should be used to make these purchases. If you have questions about what App may be beneficial to meet a particular need please feel free to consult with IT.

Please allow additional time when requesting to purchase technology using college restricted funds or grant monies. IT will forward all these requests to Accounting for approval prior to placing the order.

Individuals who do not order technology hardware/software and related equipment through IT may have their College purchasing privileges revoked or may not be reimbursed for personal expenditures. As a reminder, all IT purchases are posted to the respective month they are received, not ordered.


A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
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Does the institution wish to pursue to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT registered electronics)?:
Yes

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 39,415 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 139,550 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
181,855 US/Canadian $

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

At this time the College does not have a formal electronics purchasing policy, but does purchase all applicable IT hardware at the EPEAT Gold and Silver levels.

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.