Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.55
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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Middlebury College
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.81 / 1.00 Jack Byrne
Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
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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:

When purchasing paper the College will consider environmental, economic, supply and technological sustainability. For paper used in College offices, in copy machines campus-wide, in student computing laboratories and for College stationery and letterhead papers, for outsourced jobs that use sheet-fed printing, the paper must be Labeled Process Chlorine Free (PCF - not bleached with chlorine and chlorine derivatives), 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper (PCW) and/or paper made without trees, OR Forest Stewardship Council certified 100% PCW if the cost is within acceptable range. For paper used for outsourced jobs that use web-fed printing, the paper will be the highest percentage PCW suitable for the job.

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

The paper policy was developed by the College’s Environmental Council in 2007. They worked with a wide range of campus groups to assess paper usage, research the availability, quality, and user experiences of 100% PCW-PCF papers, and conducted an extensive pilot program to test the performance of such paper. The Council’s recommendation to adopt the new policy was accepted by President Ron Liebowitz and put into effect shortly thereafter.

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 578 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 17,682 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 6,317 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 35,880 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
63,108 US/Canadian $

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

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