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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 1.00 Lisa Leisinger
Sourcing Manager, Procurement Services
Office of the VP for Finance and Treasurer
"---" 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?:
Yes

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

As of spring 2004, the Provost of Princeton University now requires that all academic departments order 100% post-consumer waste (pcw) paper for their standard office needs. This policy excludes the department of Printing & Mailing, which has specialty paper needs, and excludes stationary. The policy came after over a year of negotiations with Boise Office Solutions (the Princeton paper provider) for lowering their recycled paper price and improving paper quality. The Princeton Environmental Oversight Committee, which includes the Purchasing Department and the student group Greening Princeton, initiated the final policy discussions with the Provost’s office.


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

Paper purchasing is monitored through the University Purchasing department. When the Purchasing department notices that another department is purchasing paper that is not 100 percent post-consumer recycled chlorine-free paper, the Purchasing department follows up with that office to explore the reasoning behind their decision.


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 5,723.40 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 868.20 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 292,882.34 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
320,633.04 US/Canadian $

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

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