Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.51
Liaison Karen Schauwecker
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.33 / 1.00 Betty Rouse
Purchasing Officer III
Procurement Services
"---" 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:

30 ILCS 500/45-25)
Sec. 45-25. Recyclable supplies. All supplies purchased for use by State agencies must be recyclable paper unless a recyclable substitute cannot be used to meet the requirements of the State agencies or would constitute an undue economic or practical hardship.

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

To implement this policy, the campus and the Purchasing Office will:
-Act to identify and project needs that exist within the University for equipment, supplies, and services for which recycled and/or recyclable products might be available.
-By reviewing prior and current requests for equipment, supplies, and services to determine the present usage of recycled and/or recyclable products.
-By examining future needs to determine the extent to which they might involve requests for equipment, supplies, and services that might be met by the procurement of recycled and/or recyclable products.
-Actively and diligently strive to identify vendors that can competitively supply recycled products.
-By reviewing bid responses to determine the availability of commodities manufactured with recycled content.
-By utilizing commercial directories and federal, state, and local sources of information to identify marketed products that are manufactured using recycled materials.
-Make extra efforts to communicate to campus users the opportunities to meet requirements through the procurement of recycled and/or recyclable products, recognizing that the primary goal of purchasing such products is to reduce waste.
-By reviewing specifications and intended product usage to determine if recycled products are available that will competitively and adequately meet identified needs and comply with established state and campus policies and procedures.
-By supporting the campus Recycling Coordinator in the identification of recycled products for evaluation and testing to determine their suitability for campus use.
-By working with the campus Recycling Coordinator to develop and publish a campus recycled products list; utilizing communication and training campus users will be encouraged to procure products from the campus recycled content list.
-By coordinating procurement of recycled products with campus users to ensure satisfactory performance, recognizing that if recycled products do not perform satisfactorily, they become waste.

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 364 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 33,399.96 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 2,718.71 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 311.23 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
148,205.80 US/Canadian $

The website URL where information about the paper purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

The numbers provided are from reporting period 01/2015 - 01/2016.

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