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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 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 1.00 Rachelle Caterson
Student Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Total expenditures on office paper :
147,446.90 US/Canadian $

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 93,955 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 45,655.66 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 787.81 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 387.35 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 6,661.08 US/Canadian $

Percentage of expenditures on office paper that is 90-100 percent post-consumer recycled and/or agricultural residue content and/or FSC Recycled label:
4.52

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn (i.e. one-year time period or representative sample):

These numbers are taken from a one-year time period from 7/1/2015 to 6/30/2016 which reflects when SF State changed their purchasing contract to Staples.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

CSU Buy Recycled Products Campaign
Campuses shall establish purchasing practices that assure, to the maximum extent economically feasible, the purchase of materials, goods, and supplies that are recycled or have recycled material within their content.
Fitness and quality being equal, purchase preference shall be given to recycled products whenever such products are available and the cost of such products is no greater than that of their non-recycled counterparts.
The detailed requirements of the Buy Recycle Campaign are established by the State.
Campus responsibilities:
1. Purchase Recycled Content Products (RCP) instead of non-Recycled Content Products (RCP) if fitness and quality are equal and the RCP is available at no more than the total cost of the non-RCP. However, campus procurement officers shall allow a price preference for recycled paper and tire derived products.
2. Require all contractors to certify the recycled content of all RCP purchased. For all products, contractors shall be required to certify in writing the minimum percentage, if not the exact percentage, of post-consumer material in the materials, goods, (or supplies) provided or used. This certification shall be furnished under penalty of perjury.
3. Attain the RCP procurement mandates. Campus procurement offices shall strive to meet or exceed the legislative goals and timetables prescribed by the California legislature for the acquisition of recycled products.
4. Submit Buy Recycle procurement reports annually. Campus shall submit to the Office of the Chancellor Buy Recycled reports in accordance with due dates specified on the CSU Contract Services and Procurement Policy Reporting Requirements Schedule.
5. Establish purchasing practices that ensure the purchase of materials, goods, and supplies that may be recycled or reused when discarded.

Had help with collecting data from Megan Dobbyn, Business Operations Associate Procurement Officer

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.