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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.

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Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Portland State University
OP-10: Computer Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired PJ Houser
Office Assistant
Campus Sustainability Office
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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 :

Note that USS recommends the purchase of the below systems. Purchasing PSU Standard hardware ensures ease of troubleshooting and compatibility with PSU systems. Non-standard devices may experience lengthier support times and more frequent issues using campus resources.

Power Management and Sustainability
In an effort to meet and exceed PSU Sustainability goals, all OIT recommended desktops and laptops are EnergyStar 5 compliant and meet EPEAT Gold certification standards. Note that modifying system components may change energy consumption and thus the system’s compliance with EPEAT standards.

PSU is in the process of developing and implementing campus-wide policies in order to minimize energy consumption by managed computers and devices. Note that USS recommends turning off your computer when it will not be in use for several hours (i.e. at the end of the day and over the weekend.)

Printers

Printers are not currently subject to EPEAT certification, but they are certified by Energy Star. Until EPEAT expands to cover printers and other imaging devices, PSU will strive to select models that are Energy Star certified.


Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT computers)?:
Yes

Expenditures on EPEAT Gold desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
1,879,332.70 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on EPEAT Silver desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
450,674.70 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers and monitors :
2,454,425.27 US/Canadian $

Part 1:

Computer purchasing is not centralized. OIT only purchases for computer labs and other non-departmental networking; however OIT represents 70% of total computer purchases (an OIT report for Business Affairs shows that there are 5350 workstations on campus, and OIT manages 3730). All other workstations are purchased by separate departments.

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Part 2

This data comes from searching Banner for all tech-related expenses and combing through the data for computers, laptops, and monitors. Unknown ratings are due to insufficient description of computer, monitor, or laptop.

EPEAT Amount spent %
gold $1,879,332.70 77%
silver $450,674.70 18%
bronze $57,609.88 2%
unknown $64,691.34 3%
none $2,116.65 0%
GRAND TOTAL $2,454,425.27

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.