Purchaser Profile

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award  – 3 Stars

2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award  – 3 Stars

Ron McCandless

ORAU purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, imaging equipment, and televisions.

$1,128,129 (2015)

May 2008
.15. FAR 52.223-2 Affirmative Procurement of Biobased Products Under Service and Construction Contracts
JUL 2012

I.50. FAR 52.223-17 Affirmative Procurement of EPA-Designated Items in Service and Construction Contracts
MAY 2008

15. Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Requirements
All desktops, laptops, computer monitors, imaging equipment (including copiers, digital duplicators, facsimile machines, multifunction devices, printers, mailing machines and scanners), and televisions purchased under this Agreement are required to have achieved Bronze registration or higher in the EPEAT system in the device’s country of origin. EPEAT is a procurement tool designed to help large volume purchasers evaluate, compare, and select electronic products based upon their environmental attributes as specified in the appropriate Standard issued from the consensus-based IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). EPEAT for Personal Computer Products is based upon IEEE Standard 1680.1. EPEAT for Imaging Equipment is based upon IEEE Standard 1680.2 EPEAT for Televisions is based upon IEEE Standard 1680.3 Subcontractor shall prefer products that have achieved EPEAT Silver or EPEAT Gold registration. The EPEAT registration criteria and a database of all registered products are provided at https://www.epeat.net.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 861 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 64.9 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of two tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 568 kg of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 4.5 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. household’s solid waste for 7 months—1 metric ton
  • Avoidance of 284 kg of water pollutant emissions


Energy-Related Savings
EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of 181,120 kWh of electricity—enough to power 14 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 32.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking  23 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $18,615 in lifetime cost savings

*EPEAT Purchasing Tier indicates how many EPEAT categories are specified in the organization’s purchasing agreements