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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 68.76
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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George Washington University
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.82 / 1.00 Mark Ellis
Sustainability Project Facilitator
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 :

GW does not have a formal electronics purchasing policy. However, as part of GW Procurement Department'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.

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.

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

Despite the absence of a formal policy to only purchase computer and related electronic devices meeting a specific EPEAT standard, in practice most machines GW purchases 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.

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 0 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 30,313 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 3,566,084 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
4,743,149 US/Canadian $

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

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