Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2014
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University of Maryland, College Park
OP-12: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.09 / 2.00 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase recycled content office paper?:

The URL where the recycled paper policy, directive, or guidelines are posted:
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :

The Office of Sustainability trains student interns to meet with business managers in departments around campus to make sure they are aware of the University's Policies and Procedures for Environmentally Preferable Procurement, and offer tools and guidance on how to comply with the Recycled Paper purchasing directive. Additionally, through the Green Office Program, the Office of Sustainability educates offices around campus about recycled paper purchasing options and policies.

Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on recycled paper)?:

Expenditures on 10-29 percent recycled-content office paper :
0 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on 30-49 percent recycled-content office paper :
97,741 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on 50-69 percent recycled-content office paper :
51,046 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on 70-89 percent recycled-content office paper (required if claiming points for Part 2):
0 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on 90-100 percent recycled-content office paper :
102,453 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
437,189 US/Canadian $

The University of Maryland has included sugar cane paper as recycled paper in its 2012 calendar year report. Although the university is purchasing sugar cane paper now to be more sustainable, the University's Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy requires purchasing of only 100% recycled paper.
There has been an 18.4% increase in the University's recycled paper since last year, with 100% recycled paper purchasing almost doubling from one of the University's vendors. The Office of Procurement has requested that their suppliers no longer offer Virgin paper on campus for the 2013 calendar year.

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