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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 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 :

The following is taken from the document "From Purple to Green: Western's Sustainable Procurement Guidelines" (2014):

Looking for environmentally friendly features among computers, cell phones and other electronics may not be as intuitive as other items being purchased on a more regular basis; however, the following sections can guide more energy efficient and ‘greener’ choices.

Preparing to Buy
•Find items in the office that can be used instead of purchasing new.
•When purchasing, try to buy used.
•Select PVC free products.
•Look for items made with reduced hazardous materials and substances.
•Opt for energy efficient models and chargers.
•Look for durability and long lasting products.
•Check for items made with post-consumer recycled material.
•Choose products with minimal packaging, recyclable packaging, or packaging that can be re-used.

Look for these Labels:
-EPEAT
-RoHS Compliant
Energy Star

Preferred Suppliers: Dell Canada, Compudata Systems, Stronghold Services.


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

At the time of the last STARS submission (2011) Western had recently gone through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select a preferred vendor(s) for desktop and laptop technology. As part of this process, Western awarded 3 vendors.
All monitors and notebooks awarded as part of this contract are at a minimum silver EPEAT level.
Desktops purchased as part of this contract are at a Gold Level from our tier 1 supplier. Desktops purchased from our Tier 2 suppliers have not registered with the EPEAT program at this point - but Western anticipates a Silver rating or higher once this is completed.


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 ---
EPEAT Silver ---
EPEAT Gold ---

Total expenditures on desktop and laptop computers, displays, thin clients, televisions, and imaging equipment:
24,888,417.10 US/Canadian $

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