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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.76 / 1.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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?:
Yes

A copy of the paper purchasing policy, directive or guidelines:
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The paper purchasing policy, directive or guidelines:

We worked out an agreement with our vendor, W.B. Mason, to offer only recycled paper options to our employees. Purchasing non-recycled paper is not an option at Colgate.


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

We established the goal that Colgate would no longer purchase non-recycled paper by 2012 in our 2011 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. That goal was met and 2012 was the first year in our history where only recycled content paper was purchased and used on campus. Furthermore, in 2012, we also purchased over 4,000 lbs of tree-free, carbon neutral paper.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on office paper)?:
Yes

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 25,794 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 5,436 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 23,376 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
54,616 US/Canadian $

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

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