Published by the European Commission, this handbook attempts to guide consumers so that the power of purchase is used for environmental and social good.
When purchasing new computer equipment or appliances, consider EPEAT™ and ENERGY STAR-certified products. These products are verified to be more energy-efficient that their peers. In the case of EPEAT™, other environmental criteria like heavy metals, predicted lifetime of product, disposal and packaging are also examined.
This website contains summary profiles of some of the leading sources of sustainable purchasing guidance around the globe.
If you want to see how well Oregon State's purchasing habits translate into our STARS rating, you can read about it here. STARS is a set of peer reviewed, standardized indicators that help measure, and therefore manage, sustainability efforts within higher education institutions. It is a is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability, developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with broad participation from the higher education community.