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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Columbia University
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.73 / 1.00 Hugh Horowitz
Executive Director
Purchasing
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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 :

Central University Purchasing strongly encourages the use of University-wide Purchasing Agreement suppliers in order promote University based initiatives and cost controls


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

Columbia University has purchasing portals for all centralized computer purchases. The University has restricted and standardized the choice of computers purchasers may select to only EPEAT gold certified models on the CUMC and Morningside CUIT Central Administration portals. A third portal exists for non-CUIT supported departments to purchase computers that offers EPEAT gold certified models as well as . Not only does this benefit the environment through EPEAT, but by only having a few models on campus, it increases the reuse of accessories and reduces the need to purchase peripherals as often. Additionally, in Central Administration, all new Dell computers purchased must come with power saving management settings that are more efficient than factory recommendations. Through these guidelines, the University is able to improve our computer environmental footprint.

The Dell Premier site which has sanctioned models for University purchasing include the following models with their EPEAT status:
Optiplex 790 Gold
Latitude E6220 Gold
Latitude E6420 Gold
Optiplex 7010 Gold
Latitude E6430 Gold
Latitude E6230 Gold

Additional URLS:
http://environment.columbia.edu/wycd/purchasing
http://www.columbia.edu/acis/desktop/hardware.html
http://www.apple.com/environment/reports/
http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/EPEAT_Dell_Overview.pdf


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 5,888.82 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 270,347.87 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 3,918,198.23 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
6,443,966.55 US/Canadian $

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.