Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 1.00 Pam Copenhaver
Purchasing Contract Manager
Office of Procurement Services
"---" 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:

The University Procurement Services will comply with all state statutes, federal laws, and regulations. Included, but not exclusive, is the following state statute: Recycled Paper Products - Statute #IC 20-12-67 et seq.

This states: There is a price preference of ten percent (10%) for supplies that meet at least one of the following descriptions:
(1) At least fifty percent (50%) of the volume of the original components of the supplies consisted of recycled materials.
(2) The cost of purchasing recycled materials constituted at least fifty percent (50%) of the cost of producing the supplies.
(3) A percentage by weight or volume of recycled materials which the commissioner of the department of environmental management determines by rule is eligible for procurement preference under this chapter.

Further, the Office of Procurement Services recommends buying sustainable products with these labels and certifications:
Cradle to cradle certification
Electronic Product Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
Energy Star
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Paper
Green Building Standards
Green Seal Environmental Standards
Water Sense

IU Policy FIN-PUR-10.1, Protection of Old Growth Forests specifies "Indiana University will avoid wood or paper products derived from old growth forests...Indiana University reserves the right to ask for documentation from any supplier if sufficient evidence is presented that the supplier is in violation of this policy. Indiana University also reserves the right to sever all dealings with any supplier in violation of this policy."

Full policy here: http://policies.iu.edu/policies/categories/financial/purchasing/FIN-PUR-10.1-protection-of-old-growth-forests.shtml

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

Purchasing organizes and participates in campus events that highlight our green purchasing initiatives, including the use of recycled paper. We also promote this via occasional newsletter articles.

Over 50% of the paper that IUPUI uses is recycled paper. The IUPUI letterhead is made of 15% post-consumer recycled paper. Printing Services is the largest generator of good recyclable paper on campus.

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 822 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 21,618.59 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 2,549.12 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 11,621.62 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
360,648.51 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:

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