Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.65 / 1.00 John Cook
Director 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:

Paper is purchased through Materiel Management's Storehouse with a default of a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content. 50% and 100% post-consumer is available.

Paper: UC Sustainable Practices Policy
The University will phase out the use of virgin paper and adopt a minimum standard of 30% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) recycled content paper to be used in all office equipment (e.g., multi-function devices, copiers, printers, and fax machines). University Procurement Services will use its Strategic Sourcing Program to negotiate better pricing for commodities with recycled content compared to commodities without recycled content, where such opportunities exist. Through the Strategic Sourcing Program, University Procurement Services will develop language and specifications for RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs stating that recycled content product offerings be required where they exist. Suppliers are discouraged from bringing hard copies of presentations to Quarterly Business Reviews. Suppliers are encouraged to present all information in electronic format that is easily transferable to University staff. Suppliers and consultants are encouraged to print RFIs, RFQs, RFPs, Price Schedule Agreements, and required reports on a minimum of 30% PCW recycled content paper, using narrow margins and both sides of the page. These documents shall be clearly marked to indicate that they are printed on recycled content paper.
UCR is moving to 100% post-recycled content paper for is standard printing paper.

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

Paper is purchased through Materiel Management's Storehouse with a default of a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content. 50% and 100% post-consumer is available, with 100% post-consumer becoming the preferred choice.

Dining has worked with UCR’s paper supplier to replace many plastic disposable products with compostable items. UCR Dining Services makes a considerable effort to practice environmentally- preferable purchasing for disposable paper products, utensils, and food packaging supplies.

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 82,281 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 82,281 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 108,141 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
297,128 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:

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