|Overall Rating||Platinum - expired|
|Submission Date||March 23, 2015|
Colorado State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing
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Campus Energy Coordinator
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:
Office paper is a large consumption item for the university with millions of sheets consumed each year. Prior to instituting a University-wide policy mandating only >30% recycled paper purchasing across campus, the Associated Students of CSU recommended to the President that the university adopt 30% post-consumer waste (PCW) office paper as the standard paper. In an effort to comply with the recommendation, Procurement Services studied the use of this paper in several areas on campus and the feedback received found virtually no discernible difference in performance over regular #4 bond paper for the typical application. 30% PCW office paper is available through the University’s Strategic Partnership with OfficeMax as well as the University Bookstore.
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :
The E-Procurement website for ordering multi-use paper across campus limits which multi-use paper can be ordered to a minimum 30% post-consumer waste as required per the University’s Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Policy, policy ID#: 5-6010-003.
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||71 US/Canadian $|
|30-49 percent||224,670 US/Canadian $|
|50-69 percent||2,207 US/Canadian $|
|70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label)||0 US/Canadian $|
|90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label)||22,319 US/Canadian $|
Total expenditures on office paper :
The website URL where information about the paper purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:
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