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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 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.53 / 1.00 Paul Wagner
Strategic Sourcing Specialist
Purchasing
"---" 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:

Guidelines are incorporated in several sections of the supplier catalog within the Tufts Business to Business marketplace. Additionally, when a requisitioner orders any paper other than recycled, they receive a message that sugarcane paper is the university standard and they are pointed to it.

The Office of Sustainability has also taken steps to encourage recycled paper use through the "Tufts Prints Green" Initiative. Successes of this campaign include:

-All office and library multi-function copy machines have 2-sided copies as their default setting.
-Publications and Purchasing have found cost-effective recycled stocks for a range of print products from brochures to booklets.
-All Tufts stationary and envelopes ordered through Staples and Printing Services is now 30% post consumer waste and carries the "Tufts Prints Green" word mark to raise awareness of Tufts efforts.
-Tufts Communications prints magazines and other publications on recycled paper with a line stating the details of the recycled content.


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

With our paper supplier, buyers are automatically directed to sugarcane. They do not have the option to change it.


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 61,947 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) 43,341 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
184,345 US/Canadian $

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

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