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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:
The electronics purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines :

ITS also continued several existing sustainable practices in 10-11 including:
- operation of Pharos "Pay for Print" system in ITS and participating departmental labs to
reduce paper waste
- facilitation of electronic assignment submission (e.g., through Blackboard) and use of other online collaboration tools (e.g., Google Docs, Sites, Talk)
- making select academic software remotely available through the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) to reduce the need for travel to campus
- promotion of the purchase of EPEAT Gold and Energy Star compliant client technology devices through the campus-wide hardware procurement program
- participating in a vendor program to sell or recycle outdated cell phones
- reducing travel by supporting telelearning classes and teleconferences in the ITS Telelearning Center
- promoting a telework initiative for ITS staff members
- participates in a Shred-a-Thon with the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to promote disposition of materials that are no longer needed for reference or required by law for archival storage


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

Information Technology Services (ITS) promotes the purchase of EPEAT Gold and Energy Star compliant client technology devices through the campus-wide hardware Procurement Program (CHP).

All standard computers and monitors provided to staff by UNCG meet EPEAT Gold standards with the exception of one, a laptop that is rated EPEAT Silver. The campus must purchase from the inventory of UNC-approved standard hardware configurations and options. Employees may purchase non-standard computers ONLY if approved by ITS.


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 0 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 0 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 1,091,745.94 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
1,091,745.94 US/Canadian $

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

Note: The data being reported is for FY 2013-2014.

Information obtained from Kevin Latimer, Director of Technology Support Services, and Jack McGuinn, ITS Project Management Office.

All Dell, Lenovo, and Apple Products were reported as EPEAT Gold.

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.