Many of us want to make the environmentally friendly choice when it comes to acquisitions for the university. We are also faced with budgetary constraints that oblige us to look at the option that best suits our needs and requirements. Procurement & Contract Services encourages a “life cycle” approach when weighing the merits of all University of Waterloo acquisitions. Our evaluation criteria for all acquisitions consists of the investigation and valuation of both the economic and the environmental impacts of a given product or service.
Natural Resources Canada has developed their “Energy Star Simple Savings Summary Tool (XLS)”. This is an excellent tool for determining the overall cost & energy efficiency of a particular make/model you may be interested in for anything from office equipment & electronics to appliances & heating & cooling systems. Natural Resources Canada has a wealth of information & various calculators.