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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-12: Electronics Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Erin Stanforth
Director of Sustainability
Facilities
"---" 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:
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The electronics purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines :

Purchasing strongly encourages departments to be proactive in identifying opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of business activities as part of the "VCU Goes Green" initiative. Departments should purchase environmentally-friendly and recycled products when possible. Most formal solicitations require vendors to provide information on the firm’s sustainability initiatives and welcome recommendations that reduce environmental impact and create efficiencies.

Requirements for General Purchases

Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment must be purchased (or leased) when an Energy Star designation is available.
All new copiers, faxes, printers, and other such office equipment purchased or leased must be compatible with recycled paper.
Recycled paper must be purchased.
Purchases of individual serving-sized plastic containers of water are permitted as follows:
distribution to/consumption by employees (requires use of local funds, except in the case of emergencies or for safety and/or health reasons, in which case state or local funds may be used)
as part of business meals or catered events (state or local funds)
for information sessions, training sessions, or other events involving prospective students, students, or non-employees (state or local funds)
intensive/substantive training sessions involving only employees (state or local funds)
information sessions or other events involving employees only (local funds)
When selecting sites within the Commonwealth for conferences and meetings (excluding State facilities) which will be attended by fewer than 50 people, departments should strive to use “Virginia Green” certified facilities.
When selecting sites within the Commonwealth for conferences and meetings (excluding State facilities) which will be attended by 50 or more people (excluding State facilities), only “Virginia Green” certified facilities shall be used unless permission to select a different site has been approved by University Purchasing.


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

All computers purchased at the university must be purchased through procurement. VCU Procurement states that Contractors are required to ensure that equipment offered for sale meets the latest EPEAT registration requirements before it is delivered.


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

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.