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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.78 / 1.00 Claudia Christensen
Procurement Manager
Procurement 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 :

http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/green-purchasing/how-to-buy
This policy states that EPEAT Gold or Silver are required standards for electronic products.


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

Existing University contracts include the requirement that all products be EPEAT Silver or Gold. The University has established an institution standard of EPEAT Gold for all laptops and desktops. Suppliers flag thes products in their electronic catalogs making the choice easy for campus.
100% of the purchases from our contract suppliers meet this requirement. Our purchasing guidelines direct campus to source such products from contract suppliers.
Suppliers submit annual spend reports of purchases against contracts and idenfiy EPEAT purchases. Suppliers with catalogs in the Unversity's eProcurement system are required to highlight and identify EPEAT certified products in their catalogs.


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 5,272.48 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Silver 186,257.95 US/Canadian $
EPEAT Gold 6,617,959.94 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
9,545,366.94 US/Canadian $

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

University of Washington 2014 Environmental Benefits Report
Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the nearly 5000 EPEAT-registered electronics purchased by University of Washington in 2014 alone will:

•Reduce use-phase energy consumption by 929,250 kWh
•Eliminate 1143 metric tons of air emissions savings, including 285MT of greenhouse gas emissions savings -- equivalent to removing 206 passenger cars from the road for a year.
•Avoid 2.85 metric tons of emissions to water
•Reduce solid waste by 25,146 kg, the equivalent of the solid waste generated in a year by 13 US households.
•Eliminate 4538 kg of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 37 refrigerators
•596,442 kg of primary material savings, equal to the weight of 16 semi-trucks (tractor trailers)
•Save $94,699 in energy costs for the University of Washington over 3 years
•Total Energy savings from manufacturing through use-phase = electricity to power 135 US households in a year.

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.