Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.75
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 1.00 Richard Cernohous
Central Stores & Facilities
"---" 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:

All paper purchased is a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content per Wisconsin state guidelines.

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

• System and State follow EPA Paper Products Recovered Materials Guidelines:
• System and State follow the Recycling Procurement Program Regulations:

“Exceptions to the “buy recycled only” policy must be documented by each agency and are to be retained in agency files for 3 years. Contract vendors will report exceptions to Bureau contract administrators for all statewide contract purchasing; and agencies will record exceptions encountered in non-contract purchasing. Due to the much greater availability of high quality recycled paper meeting the federal standards, exceptions are
expected to be rare for most agencies. (Remember that current law does not recognize higher cost as an acceptable rationale for not buying recycled paper.) Exceptions should be documented and filed as they happen, unless other arrangements need to be made for vendors and high-volume purchasers.”

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 68,450 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 0 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
68,450 US/Canadian $

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

All paper purchased is a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content per state guidelines. Approximately 1850 cases are purchased annually between central stores and Fast Copy. Costs vary over time and from central stores to Fast Copy. However, an average of $37.00 per case yields results with confidence, especially considering 100% of the paper purchases are 30% recycled content.

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