Dan Wentworth, director of Information Technology at Wells College, received notice from the Green Electronics Council that Wells has been named an EPEAT Education Purchasing Partner. EPEAT, which stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics, currently registering electronics produced in more than 40 countries. EPEAT is an easy-to-use resource for purchasers to identify environmentally preferable devices. The EPEAT system combines strict, comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims. EPEAT is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Ore.
EPEAT provides a credible way to compare the environmental performance of electronics. EPEAT-registered products meet strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials to product longevity and end-of-life management. EPEAT-registered products offer a reduced environmental impact across their lifecycles.
Recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), EPEAT has long been a purchasing criterion for AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program. STARS offers a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. In February, Wells College completed its first STARS sustainability assessment, earning a Silver rating.
As part of Wells' STARS assessment, due to the Information Technology group's commitment to specifying EPEAT-compliant electronics, Wells scored high marks in the electronics purchasing category. In FY 2015, over 96% of the electronic equipment Wells College purchased was EPEAT registered, most at the highest Gold registry level.