Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.51 / 1.00 Kim Watson
Former Director, University Services-Procurement
University 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:

Recommendation: Substitute recycled content paper for virgin paper (paper with no recycled content) with the target of a minimum of 75 percent of the white paper purchased on campus becoming recycled content paper by fall 2009.

Intent: Maximize campus systems by finding more efficient ways to use paper.

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

While MSU has not met the target of 75% of papers used on campus having recycled content, we have achieved 60% use of recycled content papers and are targeting remaining virgin stock to be from certified forests allowing MSU to target a higher level of sustainable paper use.

MSU has taken an additional step encouraging paper use reduction on campus. Measures indicate a 35% reduction in paper use since 2008.

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 280,639 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) 109,867 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
632,866 US/Canadian $

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