Equipment Efficiency Standards Policy

Energy-efficient products reduce energy consumption by 10-75% and result in operational cost savings of 5-75% percent...

An Equipment Efficiency Standards Policy is a Neutrality goal in the Cornell Climate Action Plan (CAP).

Implement an efficiency standards policy for equipment purchases at Cornell.

Goal: Establish energy-efficient standards based upon Energy Star certification for new purchases and bids.

Establishing energy efficiency requirements for new purchases and bids can help to reduce the life-cycle cost of the product or equipment purchased. Energy-efficient products (such as ENERGY STAR-rated products) reduce energy consumption by 10-75% and result in operational cost savings of 5-75% percent on a continual basis, depending on the product replaced.

The Carbon Commitment that President Skorton signed explicitly identifies, “Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist,” as a tangible action that participating universities should include in their Climate Action Plans. As of August 2013, 82% of the universities that have signed the commitment have adopted an appliance efficiency policy. The Purchasing Team will work to move this recommendation forward at Cornell, by promoting and encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

Procurement Services will also publish a list of appliance standards sustainable products and equipment that end users are encouraged to purchase and update Cornell’s and a sustainable purchasing brochure.

The Procurement Services’ website currently highlights ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, and Green Seal certified products, and markets the benefits of purchasing locally. Click here to learn more about Cornell’s Energy Star Purchasing initiative.

Next Steps

  • Improve and enhance selections, monitor percentagespurchases, and focus on key areas to encourage improvement.


Effective, campus-wide communication and education is required to encourage campus buyers to make purchasing decisions based not only on price but also on of the life-cycle costs, will be needed to promote the cost savings and incentivize employees to make energy-efficientcy, and sustainable practices purchases.