Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.75
Liaison Lacey Raak
Submission Date March 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Monterey Bay
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 1.00 Art Evjen
Director of Business and Support Services
Business & Support Services
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Total expenditures on office paper :
1400000 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on office paper with the following levels of post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or FSC certified content::
Expenditure Per Level
10-29 percent 0 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 1400000 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 0 US/Canadian $

Percentage of expenditures on office paper that is 90-100 percent post-consumer recycled and/or agricultural residue content and/or FSC Recycled label:

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn (i.e. one-year time period or representative sample):

representative sample....

In a conservative estimate last fiscal year, the University purchased an estimated 1,036 reams of paper per year at $35.99/ream (for 30% recycled content from Palace Office Solutions, although currently most departments are NOT purchasing recycled content paper). This is an estimated cost of $37,285 for paper. It is estimated that paper use could be reduced by over 50% saving the University an estimated $18,643/year in paper costs. According to the Palace Office Solutions waste audit, the University spent $88,452 in printer cartridges last year. Cutting this amount in half would save the University $44,226. That is a total of $62,869.
However, a similar cost analysis done based on printing details from Information Technology shows 5,447,987 pieces of paper used by 229 devices over 180 days. Extrapolated to 365 days, the figure for annual use of these devices is 11,050,684, or an average of 48,256 sheets of paper per copier or printer. Technology Support Services estimates that there may be approximately 150 more for which there is no data. If these 150 devices, each using an average of 48,256 pieces of paper per year, are added to the original 229 devices, CSUMB staff and faculty could use as much as 18,289,084 pieces of paper annually.

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