In 2004, Duke and Staples Advantage, formerly Corporate Express, developed a unique partnership in order to "green" Duke's office supplies purchases. Key project components:
- Identify and appropriately label environmentally preferable ("green") products in the Staples catalog and Eway
- Educate end users about the environmental impacts of their purchases
- Develop an accounting system to track Duke's purchasing of green products
The results have been impressive: purchases of products designated with the “Ecoffice” logo increased from 11.6% to 17%. A full 30% of contract office product items are Ecoffice products.
How to Buy Energy Star Qualified Products
Buy through Duke
Computers, monitors, fax machines, printers, and copiers bought through Duke are Energy Star. Mini-fridges rented through Vending Services and on-campus laundry machines are also Energy Star! Duke Stores offer Energy Star compliant light bulbs
When speaking with an appliance retailer, just ask. "I'm looking for an Energy Star qualified refrigerator, which of these models is Energy Star?" Asking for help puts the burden on the vendor instead of you.
Make it a contract requirement
Along with your other requirements; stipulate that your designer, distributor, or contractor supply products that adhere to Energy Star guidelines.
Look for the label
Many Energy Star approved products sport the Energy Star Logo. However, many do not. Look for the label, and if you are unsure of whether a product complies, then ask the retailer.
The Energy Star web site, www.energystar.gov has complete and comprehensive information regarding product areas, make and model numbers, and energy savings. You can also compare an Energy Star product to a non-compliant product using the Savings Calculators.
- Energy Star
- The New American Dream
- Responsible Purchasing Network
- Green Seal
- NC GreenPower
- Clean Energy Durham