Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Humboldt State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.88 / 1.00 Morgan King
Sustainability & Waste Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Total annual expenditures on office paper:
81,925.85 US/Canadian $

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 16,064.16 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled/100% label) 65,861.69 US/Canadian $

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn:

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)


Website URL where information about the institution’s paper purchasing is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Humboldt State’s 100% Recycled Paper Policy requires campus departments to use 100% post-consumer waste, process chlorine free office paper for letter size general use white paper for copiers and printers. As an alternative, departments can purchase a tree-free, agricultural residue alternative (e.g. TreeZero, a bagasse paper, http://treezero.com/products/). HSU Marketing & Communications conducts bulk purchasing of stationery (e.g., envelopes, business cards, and certificate/letterhead paper) and 100% recycled copier/printer paper and TreeZero bagasse paper on behalf of departments and programs on campus, comprising approximately 3/4 of all office paper purchases on campus. Some departments also purchase compliant paper using a Procurement Card (ProCard), for example from Amazon, which comprises approximately 1/4 of all office paper purchases. The University Center, an auxiliary, purchases its own compliant office paper. HSU also participates in the State of California’s State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) and reports to the State on recycled content of paper and other purchases. For this credit, the reporter reviewed Marketing & Communications’ paper order log, University Center purchase receipts, and a paper purchase report from the HSU Contracts and Procurement office to determine expenditures on office paper per level of post-consumer recycled or agricultural residue content.

Here is further explanation of how stationary plays into paper purchasing at HSU:
Stationery purchases totaled $18,752.86, so the total paper expenditures for reporting period (including stationery) is $81,925.85. This means that stationary comprises roughly 23% of all paper purchases. PCW, as noted in the attachment, stands for post consumer waste, so paper used for business cards is 100% PCW recycled, envelopes and paper for letterhead is 30% PCW recycled content.

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