Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.72
Liaison Philip Mansfield
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Carleton University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 J.P. Gaceta
Purchasing Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase office paper that has recycled content and/or is certified to meet multi-criteria sustainability standards for paper?:

A copy of the paper purchasing policy, directive or guidelines:

The paper purchasing policy, directive or guidelines:

Terms of current contract require FSC or SFI Certified paper as per our RFP 2012-16. We use FSC certified. There is no requirement for any recycled content.

Our RFP's contain this standard clause:

The University is committed to giving serious consideration to purchasing goods, which are less harmful to the overall environment.

While Proponents are required to Proposal on the specifications stated herein, the University encourages Proponents to submit supplementary Proposals on products or services which are environmentally friendly. Goods or services which offer a measure of protection for the environment may take several forms namely: Have a high recyclable content; produce fewer pollutants during the course of its operation or consumption; consume less natural resources during fabrication or its operation; these but to name a few.

Proponents are required to include documentation sufficient to substantiate their claims.

It is our intention that any offers resulting from this request would be submitted to the users for their consideration and ultimate decision.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :

Contract not awarded unless FSC or SFI requirement was met.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on office paper)?:

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 ---
30-49 percent ---
50-69 percent ---
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) ---
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) ---

Total expenditures on office paper :
90,483 US/Canadian $

The website URL where information about the paper purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:

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