Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.06
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date May 29, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Virginia
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.35 / 1.00 Lori Ponton
Furnishings Buyer
Procurement And Supplier Diversity Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

The Purchasing Manual for Institutions of Higher Education and their Vendors specifies those policies which govern the purchasing processes at specifically designated publicly-funded colleges and universities who are eligible to be or are governed by Subchapter 3 of the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act, § 23-38.88 et seq. of the Code of Virginia and Chapters 824 and 829, Acts of Assembly, 2008. These policies are structured to support the mission of higher education and to comply with the principals of the Virginia Public Procurement Act and are in compliance with the individually adopted, “Rules Governing Procurement of Goods, Services, Insurance, and Construction by a Public Institution of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia (hereafter referred to as ‘The Governing Rules’, see Appendix A).

H. Recycled Content
In determining the award of any contract for paper and paper products to be purchased for use by the Institution, it shall competitively procure recycled paper and paper products of a quality suitable for the purpose intended, so long as the price is not more than 10 percent greater than the price of the lowest responsive and responsible bidder or offer or offering a product that does not qualify as recycled paper and paper products which meets the EPA Recommended Content Standards as defined in 40 C.F.R. Part 247 (Governing Rules §22.C). In the case of a tie bid for goods after existing price preferences have been considered, preference is given to the bidder whose goods contain the greatest amount of recycled content (Governing Rules §20.C).

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

In development. Eric Denby, Director of Procurement Services, has distributed guidance on recycled paper purchasing to all department purchasers via email.

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 2.25 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 274,786.81 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 35.80 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 796.93 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
834,365.41 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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