Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.75
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date July 10, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Lehigh University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.56 / 1.00 Jane Altemose
Sourcing Manager
"---" 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:
We conducted an RFP a year ago to select a vendor that coudl provide 100% recycled paper for out IT/library department (public spaces) and our printing and mailing department. The IT department has transitioned to 100% recycled content paper this year. Despite significant testing, or printing department couldn't transition to 100% because the machines run too hot and fast and the paper continually jammed. We use 30% recycled content for printing and 100% for stationary (heavier stock, so doesn't jam). Our Sustainable Purchasing Policy does include 100% recycled paper as part of the EPP purchasing requirements.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :
Purchase paper in bulk moving forward as of January 2014. Prior to that, it wasn't truly monintored through forced substitutions, and the spend will reflect that.

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 25,276 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 77,819 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 475 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 9,809 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
113,379 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:
Our numbers are roughly the same for this year. The spend on 100% will look very different for FY15.

Our numbers are roughly the same for this year. The spend on 100% will look very different for FY15.

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