Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.76
Liaison Richard Johnson
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Rice University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.43 / 1.00 Amy Griffiths
Sustainability Intern
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Total expenditures on office paper :
130,000 US/Canadian $

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 854.33 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 69,849.21 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 0 US/Canadian $

Percentage of expenditures on office paper that is 90-100 percent post-consumer recycled and/or agricultural residue content and/or FSC Recycled label:

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn (i.e. one-year time period or representative sample):

The figures reported are for the 2015 fiscal year. The figures only measure approximately a fourth of the office paper expenditures over the fiscal year, so the total number was multiplied by 4 and rounded to give a rough estimate for the total expenditures on office paper over that year.
In order to get a representative sample to calculate the percentages of expenditures on office paper with the various levels of post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or FSC certified content, we calculated a representative sample size (represented by S) (https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/sample-size-calculator/) using a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of 5%. These are standard for the two variables. We then assign a randomly generated decimal value between 0 and 1 to each purchase and sorted the purchases by their associated random value. We then sample the first S purchases, which were randomly ordered.

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Of the remaining 45.6% of paper expenditures which did not have a specified level of post-consumer recycled paper, 22.2% are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and 4.6% have other certifications including leadership forestry or are "processed-chlorine-free."

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