Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.27
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date March 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Oregon State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
0.48 / 1.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

The website where the policy, directive, or guidelines are posted:

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

In celebration of Earth Week, Printing and Mailing Services officially became Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Certified. Oregon State University makes a positive difference by being smarter, greener, healthier, safer, kinder, sustainable and more. Printing and Mailing Services takes these very seriously and is committed to doing its share to accomplish these points as well as help to preserve the world’s resources.

Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.

As a sustainability practice we do not stock any virgin papers and only purchase them as a special order item. We partner with FSC certified offset printers and the majority of the jobs we project manage are printed with the logo indicating it was produced in an FSC print shop and at the very least on recycled stock. Several times over the past five years we have offered 100% recycled stock for the same price as 30% recycled stock in a partnership with Business Services helping with the difference in price.

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 2,737.34 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 340,127.42 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 4,901.90 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 4,277.62 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
474,205.35 US/Canadian $

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

Unlike previous years, Office Depot purchases were included in the totals.

The write up was provided by Ari Grossman-Naples and Norene Collins in OSU Printing and Mailing Services.

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