Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.95
Liaison Daryl Pierson
Submission Date June 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Portland State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.59 / 1.00 Molly Bressers
Program & Outreach Coordinator
Campus 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:

PSU's Sustainable Procurement and Lifecycle Considerations Policy now requires that all copy paper purchased be: 100% post-consumer material and processed chlorine-free (PCF).
High speed copiers: minimum 30% post-consumer material paper.

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

The policy was just adopted last month, and we are currently planning an education and outreach campaign about the new requirement, as well as investigating tools provided by our vendors to promote the purchase of compliant products, such as 100% recycled content copy paper. The numbers below reflect purchases made before the policy was finalized.

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 44,762.03 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 739.59 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 29,454.75 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
104,756.70 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:

The purchasing data above is from PSU's main paper vendors, Office Depot and Staples, for fiscal year 2015.

The purchasing data above is from PSU's main paper vendors, Office Depot and Staples, for fiscal year 2015.

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