Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.34
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Emory University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.44 / 1.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
"---" 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:
On the Procurement website, purchases are directed to select the "Eco-Conscious/Recycle" button for recycled content copy paper. For 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) Recycled Paper, select TreeFrog’s Multipurpose Paper in the Staples Punch-Out in Emory Express, and enter Item #697216. Additionally, Emory University went through considerable effort to consolidate all publication paper purchasing through Mac papers. Our agreement with Mac requires that all publication paper be chain-of-custody verified, contain at least 30% recycled content and some post-consumer waste. To date, 99% of publication paper is chain-of-custody certified and contain an average of 39% post-consumer waste content.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :
All purchases are overseen by the Purchasing department. Individual purchases are generally made through Emory Express, an online purchasing tool. On the Purchasing website, there are numerous pages with suggestions and guidelines for purchasing green products, including a rule of thumb that paper purchases should be at least 30% recycled-content. Emory has also worked closely with STAPLES, our default office-supply vendor, to increase recycled-content paper offerings.

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 0 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 164,245 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) 35,925 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
395,037 US/Canadian $

The website URL where information about the paper purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Emory University is not a "policy-driven" institution, therefore it has very few formal policies regarding purchasing. However, Emory's Purchasing department is committed to sustainability and drives the purchase of more sustainable products through contract administration and by limiting the availability of unsustainable products and offering and promoting sustainable products through our internal procurement system.

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