Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.36
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date June 8, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Colorado College
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Don Davidson
Director of Purchasing/Finance and Admin
Finance and Admin
"---" 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:

CC’s Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines establish an intent to “eliminate virgin paper by purchasing only recycled content paper when possible.” The Managed Print Services program has set and established a requirement of purchasing recycled paper, and currently operates at 90% purchased recycled paper. The MPS program tries to supply as much of the campus as possible. Additionally, the print shop uses paper that is 30-100% post-consumer recycled content (at least 30%).

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

Procurement functions for the College is decentralized. All requests for Purchase Orders are routed through the Purchasing Department for review and approval or disapproval. There are standing monthly audits that occur for the College’s p-card program that monitors compliance. However, campus departments are instructed to go through the MPS portal which ensures that all copier paper is recycled content.

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 :
30,643.04 US/Canadian $

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


Currently CC is looking into increasing its minimum post-consumer recycled content from 30% to 50%. The success of this pilot project is the initial step to considering pursuing part 2 of this credit in the future.

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