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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
OP-10: Computer Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Mark Ellis
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase EPEAT Silver or higher computers and monitors?:
Yes

The website URL where the EPEAT policy, directive, or guidelines are posted :
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :

Through GW's Ecosystems Enhancement Strategy, the university commits to drafting procurement strategies that emphasize sourcing energy efficient, lower carbon footprint, and/or non-ozone depleting products, including EPEAT designated products.

While not a formal policy, as part of our Procurement Office's "Quick Tips", if an office must purchase new (or used) appliances and equipment (printers, copiers, microwaves, etc.), purchasers at the university are recommended to only purchase EnergyStar or EPEAT certified models.


Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT computers)?:
No

Expenditures on EPEAT Gold desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
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Expenditures on EPEAT Silver desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
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Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
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GW does not have a policy to only purchase computer devices with an EPEAT standard, but in practice most machines we purchase are models listed as EPEAT gold level. For non-computer devices, Energy Star rated items are suggested and purchased in virtually all situations.

This initiative directly impacts goals and targets set forth in The George Washington Ecosystems Enhancement Strategy, which was released November 2012. This Strategy calls for the university to source products that reduce the impact on biodiversity, climate and water. As a large urban university, GW purchases a significant volume of products to support its faculty, staff and student community. Sourcing raw material inputs, processing and manufacturing paper and transporting it to GW impacts natural, human and economic capital on a global scale.

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