Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Xavier Serrano
Director, Purchasing Services
Purchasing Services
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Total annual expenditures on office paper:
243,229.69 US/Canadian $

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 67,527.21 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 44,331.67 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled/100% label) 90,845.77 US/Canadian $

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn:

The data represents estimates of costs for the 2018 calendar year. The data was derived from the UVic greenhouse gas emission inventory for public sector organizations legislated by the BC Provincial Government. Estimates are based on the observed weighted average prices of paper varying on size and recycled content.


Website URL where information about the institution’s paper purchasing is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Since 2008 UVic standard office paper has been made from 100% post consumer recycled content.

The university's Purchasing Services department purchases this type exclusively for use in Printing Services, computer labs and course paks. The local office products suppliers are blocked from selling any other type of paper to individual offices on campus.

Paper use increased in 2018 for the first time since 2011. A 7 percent increase in paper consumption was observed along with a 20 percent increase in associated emissions. UVic purchased a large amount of virgin paper content, which has a higher emission factor than recycled content, as compared to 2017.

Virgin paper content fluctuates year to year but the university shifted office supply purchasing contracts in 2018. The cost of recycled paper increased substantially under the new contract. The cost of virgin paper became approximately half that 100 percent post-consumer paper. As a result only 17 percent of the paper purchased under the new contract was 100 percent.

Note that UVic’s total office paper use for 2019 was still being compiled for the BC Provincial greenhouse gas emissions inventory at the time of completing this assessment iteration of STARS.

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