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MRc2.1 - Sustainable purchasing - electric-powered equipment
LEED O+M: Existing Buildings
The building we are applying for LEED-EB Certification is a dormitory for 150 freshmen students on a University campus, where each student has a room of their own. The Building Operations office and t...
The building we are applying for LEED-EB Certification is a dormitory for 150 freshmen students on a University campus, where each student has a room of their own. The Building Operations office and the Freshman Dean's Office purchase all electronics used in common areas, e.g. TVs and refrigerators. Students purchase electronic equipment (desktops and laptops) for their rooms and based on our experience, make purchasing decisions before arriving on campus at the beginning of their studies. We propose therefore an alternative, multi-pronged approach for meeting this requirement in our building: 1) We will coordinate with the Freshmen Dean's Office to include information on green computing in their email announcement that is sent out to all the students a few months before their arrival. A copy of this email will be included in the submittal documents. 2) When students arrive, we will work closely with our students' Resource Efficiency Program to include information about Energy Star electronics in their welcome packets. We will also conduct a survey among students to evaluate their current electronics and purchasing decisions in the light of the Sustainable Purchasing Policy for electronics. Outreach materials and results of the survey will be part of the submittal documents. 3) We will work with the University Information Services on promoting Energy Star, EPEAT rated and environmentally friendly electronics to the student community through their quarterly brochures and through a "green computing" display in their sales center. We will provide a copy of the relevant section in the brochure and of the outreach materials displayed in the sales center. Will the approach listed above qualify us for the credit outlined in MR 2.1 Purchasing Durable Goods: Electronics?
To achieve this credit in a dormitory / multifamily residential setting, the project team must show that both: a) At least 40% of equipment purchased during the performance period by the owner/manager of the project building for use in common areas meets the credit requirements. b) Residents are educated about sustainable purchasing options and provided guidance in making personal purchasing decisions. The approach outlined above is appropriate for meeting the tenant education requirement. The project's documentation should demonstrate successful implementation of this education program, as well as sustainable purchase rates for equipment purchased during the performance period by the building owner/manager.
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