Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.74
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2014
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Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.15 / 1.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" 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:

FGCU's solicitation document for vendor contracts states:
3.21 Environmental Considerations:
The University supports and encourages initiatives to protect and preserve our environment. Respondents shall submit as a part of any Response the Respondent's plan to support procurement of products and materials with recycled content. Respondent shall also provide a plan for reducing and or handling any hazardous waste generated by Respondent company. In addition, Respondent is strongly encouraged to install equipment that is considered Energy Star or equivalent to conserving energy without compromising the temperature and quality of the product.

Thesis and Dissertation Submission Policy:
As of 2013, all theses and dissertations must be submitted digitally. Printed copies are not accepted.

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

Due to printing machine malfunctions and the decentralization of our paper purchases, the policy set forth in 2009 to purchase 100% recycled content paper is no longer followed.

Departments are now responsible for purchasing their own paper. A new policy has not yet been implemented to ensure that departments are purchasing recycled content paper. However, all printing defaults remain set to two-sided impressions and to decrease the page margins campus wide to decrease the amount of paper printed.

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 8,875.86 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) 1,095.56 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
22,482.49 US/Canadian $

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

This data is from the 2012-13 fiscal year

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