Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.64
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Hope College
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 1.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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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:

As part of the campus "Green Purchasing" commitment.

Hope College endorses “Green Purchasing” and is committed to the use and purchase of
environmentally and socially responsible products and services. Departments are expected to support this initiative in accordance with the following guidelines.
• Recognize Hope College’s role as a leader in the community with regard to environmental issues.
• Demonstrate Hope College’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
• Provide the college community with information and education which will assist in the
purchase of socially and environmentally responsible products and services.
• Through our green purchasing efforts, encourage the manufacturing and service sectors to be more environmentally and socially responsible.
According to the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE), Green Purchasing includes the acquisition of recycled content products, environmentally preferable products and services, bio-based products, energy- and water-efficient products, alternative fuel vehicles, products using renewable energy, and alternatives to hazardous or toxic chemicals.

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

All large purchasing choices are made using the green purchasing policy guidelines, which state Hope will procure post-consumer recycled-content paper and office supplies. Purchasing decisions made within each department are generally still held to these guidelines.

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 75,820.21 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) 0 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
75,820.21 US/Canadian $

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

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