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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Richard Beattie
Director of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing
Purchasing Services
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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 :

The Sustainable Procurement Guide outlines what to look for and what to avoid when purchasing electronics.

What to Look For:
-Minimized use of harmful chemicals
-Safe working conditions in all steps of the harvesting and manufacturing processes
-Built-in power saving settings
-Minimal packaging, ideally made of recyclable or biodegradable materials
-Bulk packaging if ordering multiple items

What to Avoid:
-Use of only virgin materials
-Unnecessary packaging made of non-recyclable materials
-Items packed individually

Certifications and Labels:
1. Ecologo
2. Energy Star
3. EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool)
4. GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification Program


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

The University of Kansas has an annual renewable agreement with Dell for desktop and laptop computers. Specifications within the agreement require standard configurations for both to be EPEAT Gold registered.


Does the institution wish to pursue to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on EPEAT registered electronics)?:
No

Expenditures on EPEAT registered desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment::
Expenditure Per Level
EPEAT Bronze 9,819.19 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 59,749.57 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 1,900,390.25 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
4,674,557.95 US/Canadian $

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

This data includes purchases from Dell and Staples through mandatory contracts. Additional purchases are made from Apple and other vendors, but that data was not available at the time of this submission.

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.