Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 1.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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:

UMKC in collaboration with the Sustainability Leadership from all four campuses and UM Purchasing have put together a brochure to help individuals use the tool Show-Me Shop to make green purchases. The Sustainable Office Shopping in the UM System brochure highlights best practices, identifying logos that make sustainable purchasing easier, and some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Best practices include purchasing recycled content paper.

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

The Sustainable Office Purchasing Program was rolled out to all fiscal officers on campus and the Best Practices below were highlighted:

Buy items which contain recycled material: We are all aware that there is recycled paper available, but did you know that there are binders, pens, pencils, and notebooks that contain recycled material? There is also flooring and construction material, office furniture, and playground equipment that employ recycled material. There is even one supplier that uses recycled chopsticks to create pencil holders and fruit dishes.

Choose renewable resources: Lessen the demand for limited natural resources by making the renewable choice. Request vegetable based inks be used when printing your next brochure, or consider building materials obtained from sustainably harvested forests.

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 0 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 6,500 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 350 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 11,150 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
225,000 US/Canadian $

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

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