Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.43
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.93 / 1.00 Claudia Christensen
Procurement Manager
Procurement 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 2009 Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 2287 requiring state agencies which includes the University to purchase 100% recycled content white cut sheet bond paper; develop and implement a paper conservation program and a paper recycling program, with the goal of recycling 100% of all copy and printing paper. State agencies are encouraged to give priority to purchasing from companies that produce paper in facilities that generate energy from a renewable energy source.

The law took effect on July 26, 2009 and effective December 31, 2009, all state agencies were required to purchase 100 percent recycled content white cut sheet bond paper used in office printers and copies.
Goals: Decrease total paper purchases by 30% from 2008-2009 levels
Increase purchase of on-hundred percent recycled paper to 100%
Campus is directed to purchase through eProcurement from Complete Office, Keeney’s or Office Depot

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

Procurement Services provides guidance and information for the campus department regarding purchasing activites and best practices. The department functions as a hub for most of purchasing done by the UW's departments. This office hads created a series of guides and policies, which makes it easy to by green products. http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/

There is the easy to use eProcurement web-portal, which makes it easy to select green and environmentally responsible products and services.

There is the "How to buy guide", which gives a lot of guidelines on how to and what to buy.

A campus wide Paper Reduction Committee exists to provide guidance and tips to campus regarding methods to reduce paper use. The Committee partners with suppliers to ensure that the first choice for paper purchasing is 100% PCR paper. Suppliers submit quarterly reports of paper purchased and the committee uses te information to reach out to departments not using 100% PCR paper.

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 71.50 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 19,582.45 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 1,609.19 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 944,408.39 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
1,054,941.98 US/Canadian $

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