Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Sam Lubow
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.60 / 1.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Recycled content and otherwise sustainable office paper is specifically included in Stanford's sustainable purchasing policy. Consistent with Stanford's sustainability goals, the purpose of its sustainable purchasing policy is to support and facilitate the purchase of products and materials that minimize the harmful effects to the environment from their production, transportation, use and disposition. It is Stanford's preference to purchase and use environmentally preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and can be acquired at similar total value (cost/quality). A related purpose is to develop and implement common purchasing programs to be used by all Stanford personnel that support suppliers of environmentally preferable products, services and practices.

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

After gradual moves towards higher adoption of recycled-content paper campus-wide, Stanford launched a campaign to highlight sustainable purchasing practices on campus in June 2011. One of the specific actions taken was the removal of "new/virgin" reamed paper part numbers from the university's online ordering catalog. Users no longer have the ability to automatically order or reorder these part numbers. Only recycled content paper SKU's are available in the ordering system as of today. All users who had a blanket order for automatic weekly paper delivery were converted to recycled-content paper.

More details on the campaign, including the recycled-paper component can be found on the following website:

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 548.20 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 224,580.32 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 46,893.97 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 18,133 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
290,155.49 US/Canadian $

The website URL where information about the paper purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

All data has been reported for calendar year 2013.

All data has been reported for calendar year 2013.

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