Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.70
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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Loyola University Chicago
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.32 / 1.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
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:

3.6 Policy Statement On University Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

Loyola University Chicago is committed and continually strengthens its sustainability efforts with our campus partners. Buyers and users should utilize suppliers and service providers that make use of, to practicable extent, materials and services that support the University’s sustainability mission. This should include efforts to conserve energy and water resources, support efficient delivery and supplier programs and reduce waste through reducing, reusing and recycling. The Purchasing Department leverages current supplier relationships to raise awareness of the need to reduce our environmental impact and maximize resource efficiency.

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

Loyola works with our Office Supply vendor to identify annual paper purchasing and document amount that meets sustainability goals (GreenSeal, recycled content, etc.)

Loyola provides a Green Vendor Fair annually to purchasing staff.

Loyola's strives for anything that is printed through University Marketing and Communications should be double-sided on recycled paper, with narrow margins, using vegetable-based inks.

Departmental paper purchasing of high recycled content is encouraged and supported.

Public print stations all use high recycled content paper as well as print reduction strategies (pay to print, default double-sided, etc)

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 39,961 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 65 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 307 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
179,826 US/Canadian $

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

In addition to the expenditures covering Recycled Content above, an additional $48,375 of Loyola's total expenditure is SFI Certified (Sustainable Forestry Initiative).

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