Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Smith College
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 1.00 Linda Hiesiger
Procurement/ Auxiliary Services Director
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

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

All paper used for copiers and printers on campus contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content, consistent with state and federal paper procurement guidelines. Non-recycled content should be sourced from Forest Stewardship Council certified sustainably managed forests (or equivalent).

All Smith College offices and departments will purchase paper that meets or exceeds this standard. The website of WB Mason, the college's primary office supplier, is modified so that only printer and copier paper that meets this standard is available via the Smith College account. It is recommended that paper be purchased through the WB Mason website rather than having individual departments purchase paper from off-campus retailers such as Staples, often at additional expense, labor, and carbon emissions.

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 50.46 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 59,545.24 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 223.96 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 989.59 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 201.95 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
62,867.42 US/Canadian $

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

Information compiled from office supply vendor report

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