Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.94
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date July 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.43 / 1.00 caitlin Steele
Dr of Sust & Energy
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Total annual expenditures on office paper:
18,457.38 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 2,880.48 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 13,559.48 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 429.09 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled/100% label) 1,588.33 US/Canadian $

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn:

These numbers are taken from a one-year time period from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022 from a report provided by Staples.

adhering to the CSU procurement policy:
Sustainable Procurement
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Campuses shall promote use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable and socially responsible practices. (14-New; 22-Revise)
To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all Buy-Recycled program product categories. (14-New; 22-No Change)
Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 12153-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases. (14-New; 22-No change)
Campuses shall align procedures with state initiatives to report environmental product declarations for select construction materials, consistent with PCC §3500-3505 and state mandates. (22-New)
Campuses shall promote circular economies2 by seeking to reduce waste when considering materials purchases, including but not limited to, office supplies, equipment, classroom supplies, and promotional and giveaway items by minimizing purchase of items that have a short useful life, are unable to be recycled, and/or are made of unsustainable or carbon intensive materials.

Website URL where information about the institution’s paper purchasing is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

CSU takes part in the CA Buy Recycled Products Campaign
Campuses shall establish purchasing practices that assure, to the maximum extent economically feasible, the purchase of materials, goods, and supplies that are recycled or have recycled material within their content.
Fitness and quality being equal, purchase preference shall be given to recycled products whenever such products are available and the cost of such products is no greater than that of their non-recycled counterparts.
The detailed requirements of the Buy Recycle Campaign are established by the State.
Campus responsibilities:
1. Purchase Recycled Content Products (RCP) instead of non-Recycled Content Products (RCP) if fitness and quality are equal and the RCP is available at no more than the total cost of the non-RCP. However, campus procurement officers shall allow a price preference for recycled paper and tire derived products.
2. Require all contractors to certify the recycled content of all RCP purchased. For all products, contractors shall be required to certify in writing the minimum percentage, if not the exact percentage, of post-consumer material in the materials, goods, (or supplies) provided or used. This certification shall be furnished under penalty of perjury.
3. Attain the RCP procurement mandates. Campus procurement offices shall strive to meet or exceed the legislative goals and timetables prescribed by the California legislature for the acquisition of recycled products.
4. Submit Buy Recycle procurement reports annually. Campus shall submit to the Office of the Chancellor Buy Recycled reports in accordance with due dates specified on the CSU Contract Services and Procurement Policy Reporting Requirements Schedule.
5. Establish purchasing practices that ensure the purchase of materials, goods, and supplies that may be recycled or reused when discarded.

Had help with collecting data from Deanna Tam, Business Operations Associate Procurement Officer

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