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
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
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
with your other requirements; stipulate that your designer, distributor,
or contractor supply products that adhere to Energy Star guidelines.
Look for the label
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.
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.