Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.75
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Duquesne University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.05 / 1.00


Institution purchases office paper with post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified content.


This credit applies to all institutions. 


Institutions earn the maximum of 1 point available for this credit by purchasing exclusively office paper that contains 90-100 percent post-consumer recycled and/or agricultural residue content and/or is FSC Recycled certified. Incremental points are awarded based on the percentage of office paper purchased with post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or FSC certified content. For example, if 50 percent of all office paper purchased by an institution was 90-100 percent post-consumer recycled content, the institution would earn 0.5 points (half of the points available).

Points for this credit are calculated automatically in the STARS Reporting Tool as follows:

Percentage of post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or FSC certified content



Expenditures on specified level of post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or FSC certified content office paper


Total expenditures on office paper


Points earned


















(or FSC Mix label)





(or FSC Recycled label)




Total points earned ->

Up to 1



Report the most recent data available from within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.

Sampling and Data Standards 

Institutions may track purchases over a one-year time period or take a representative sample to determine the recycled content of office paper purchased. When using a sample, institutions should strive to ensure that the sample recognizes seasonal and other variations that influence purchasing behavior.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.