Purchaser Profile

Sandia National Laboratories, US Department of Energy
Computers & Displays, Office Printing Equipment, Mobile Phones
US Federal Government

2019 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winner – 3 Stars

2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winner – 2 Stars


Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 15,102 EPEAT-registered IT products purchased by Sandia National Laboratories in 2018 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 1,618 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 311 elephants
  • Avoid the disposal of 14 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 116 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 39 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year—73 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 10.3 metric tons of water pollutant emissions

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

  • Savings of 5,551 MWh of electricity—enough to power 457 U.S. households for a year
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 3,237 metric tons of CO2 equivalents—equal to taking 693 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $568,242 in lifetime cost savings


Specific Language in one all computer equipment contract copied below. There are two other contracts, one for PC’s, Monitors and Servers (no imaging equipment) and the other solely for laptops.

In accordance with Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) Agreement WS#####, the Contractor shall fill and deliver Just-In-Time (JIT) orders for XXXXX computers, laptops*, monitors, displays, imaging equipment, servers**, XXXXX tablets, and peripherals (memory, hard drives, cables, etc.) as defined in the most current electronic catalog. Orders for peripherals not contained in the electronic catalog may be placed as a non-catalog order.
Sandia reserves the right to procure by other means any item available for purchase through the agreement.
*All laptop requesters must complete a Business Needs Justification form prior to placing an order.
**The supplier shall enter orders for Data Storage Systems or New Server or Server Room Equipment (inclusive of disk arrays, switches, rack cooling systems, and large capacity uninterruptible power supplies) only after approval from the Data Center Consolidation team at Sandia National Laboratories.
Product Requirements
1. Sandia maintains a “Preferred Systems list for Enterprise systems. An Enterprise system is defined as a system that is usually connected to Sandia’s network, supported by the Sandia Computer Support Department and is used by an individual accessing corporate applications in the performance of their job. The “Preferred Systems” list is comprised of systems that Sandia has evaluated and approved. This approval signifies that the system will function properly in the Sandia computing environment.
2. Disablement of microphones, cameras, and Bluetooth on products purchased will be performed as requested. However, these disablements will not occur by default.
Green Requirements
All desktops, laptops, and computer monitors provided under this contract are required to have achieved Silver registration or higher under the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), https://www.epeat.net/. EPEAT is a procurement tool designed to help large volume purchasers evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, laptops, and monitors based upon their environmental attributes as specified in the consensus-based IEEE Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (1680).Effective January 29, 2013, all imaging equipment shall be EPEAT Bronze or higher.
The term “imaging equipment” as used here, to include individual (desk) printers, group printers, fax machines, copiers, and other multi-function (imaging) devices.
• Power management features should be enabled by default.
• All imaging equipment supplied to SNL by vendor shall be duplex-printing capable. Additionally, duplexing should be enabled on all printers by default.
To meet DOE requirements to report purchases of EPEAT qualified equipment, supplier agrees to furnish SNL/NM with an EPEAT specific report on a quarterly basis, upon a data request from the SNL/NM pollution prevention program. This report shall include description, quantity, unit price, extended prices and associated EPEAT rating for each model purchased that quarter. If purchases are made of non-EPEAT qualified equipment, those must also be included in the report with an indicator of “non-EPEAT”.

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