The Procurement & Partnerships department, located in Oak Ridge, Tenn., provides support for all ORAU offices nationwide through quality and timely procurement of goods and services. ORAU is committed to maintaining the utmost integrity in fulfilling the diverse needs of the organization, while executing these purchases in an ethical and sustainable manner.
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Procurement and contracting achievements
- Green Electronics Council Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Sustainable
- Purchaser Award; EPEAT 4-star winner, one of only 10 winners nationwide, one of only five repeat 3-star winners
- 98.5% of all ORISE subcontracts were awarded to small business
- TVA Green Power Switch Award for outstanding commitment to sustainability
ORAU a winner of the EPEAT Purchaser Award Program that honors excellence in procurement of green computers and other electronics
Since inception of the annual Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Sustainable Purchaser Award in 2015, ORAU has received the award each year and achieved the highest star rating possible (3 stars with an increase to 4 stars in 2018 and 2019). This annual award given by the Green Electronics Council recognizes excellence in the procurement of “green electronics.” These electronics have been manufactured to conserve energy, eliminate environmentally sensitive materials and increase recyclability.
Receiving the award each year signifies ORAU’s ongoing commitment to purchasing EPEAT-registered and other environmental sound products as well as an unwavering compliance with ORISE’s Site Sustainability Plan.Read more about ORAU's 2020 EPEAT recognition.
ORAU/ORISE announced as GreenBuy Award Winner for FY 2019
The GreenBuy Award Program recognizes DOE sites for excellence in “green purchasing” that extends beyond minimum compliance requirements. All Federal agencies, including DOE, are required to purchase products that are energy efficient, water efficient, made from biobased or recycled content, and are non-toxic or less-toxic than conventional alternatives. To help navigate this large and sometimes, overlapping requirements DOE developed a Priority Products List. The Priority Products List is the backbone of the GreenBuy Award Program because it helps DOE sites identify products with strong sustainability attributes that they can purchase and use at their site(s).
ORAU/ORISE has been recognized as a Bronze Level recipient of DOE’s GreenBuy Award for FY 2019. The GreenBuy Award Program recognizes DOE sites for achieving stringent sustainable acquisition goals which extend beyond the government’s “green” minimum compliance requirements.
ORISE achieved this award based on four products/goals (Chillers, Data Storage Center, Servers (Enterprise), and Training) in three different product categories (Construction, Electronics, and Other). In FY 2018 and FY 2015, ORISE also achieved the Bronze Level award for procurements in construction and electronics.
FY 2019 products had to meet one, and in some cases, multiple environmental standards such as: Energy Star® certified, EPEAT GOLD registered, and Federal Energy Management Program standards. The training goal, new to the GreenBuy Program in FY 2019, was not only achieved by ORISE, but far exceeded as 100 percent of ORISE procurement staff completed ‘Sustainable Acquisition for Federal Agencies’ online course and testing.
This recognition for ORISE is possible because of multi-departmental communication and collaboration efforts by Facilities and Transportation, Information Technology Services, Environment, Safety &Health, performance work statement areas, and procurement. The award is the result of the continuous teamwork to ensure sustainable products and energy-efficient equipment and systems are integrated into ORISE facilities. Additionally, ORISE’s participation in the annual GreenBuy Program helps leverage DOE's purchasing dollars to achieve mission goals while reducing environmental impacts of its overall operations.
For information about ORAU’s Procurement Services, contact the ORAU Procurement Office at 865.576.3049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.