Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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San Jose State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.47 / 1.00 Valorie Gale
Director Acquisition Management
Contract and Purchasing Services
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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:

CSU Policy 5235.00 articulates the CSU’s requirements related to buying recycled products to ensure procurement and contracting activities are in compliance with applicable regulations.

San Jose State University's Standards Policy defines the policy for the purchasing of recycled copy paper.

The San Jose State University Environmental Preferable Purchasing Guide defines the policy for Printing & Writing Paper at a goal of 30% Postconsumer.

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

Most of the recycled content paper products purchased by SJSU come from our authorized office supply vendor Staples. The Staples website used by SJSU is designed for us and CSU campuses. Staples offers a select group of products or will substitute products with ones that help fulfill the State and CSU's mandates to buy recycled content products.

Also, SJSU Purchasing Buyers have been instructed to ask vendors for recycle content paper options, when possible, in their solicitations to vendors.

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 4,851.83 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 24,487.36 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 2,183.08 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
81,497.65 US/Canadian $

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

SJSU Environmental Perferable Purchasing Guide, rev. 12/20/12:

The EPP Guide is scheduled to be revised in FY 16/17 to update references.

Staples became the CSU preferred supplier for office supplies on 10/01/2015. Reported expenditures are based upon the period of 10/1/2015 - 6/30/2016. Expenditure information is not available from the previous supplier for the period of 7/1/2015 - 9/30/2015.

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