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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 1.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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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:

New York State Executive Order #4 requires that copy paper, janitorial paper and other paper supplies purchased by each State agency or authority shall be composed of 100% post-consumer recycled content to the maximum extent practicable, and all copy and janitorial paper shall be process chlorine-free to the extent practicable, unless such products do not meet required form, function or utility, or the cost of the product is not competitive.


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

The purchasing department and the office of sustainability issued a university wide memo with regards to the order. The order is also listed on the purchasing web page. http://www.albany.edu/purchasing/state_funded/executive_orders_sf.html as well as the office of environmental sustainability: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/4.purchasing.shtml
Purchasing tracks the bulk procurement of office paper and facilities management tracks the purchase of janitorial paper. The University at Albany complies with this order and regularly reports this data to the state at the end of each fiscal year.


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 14,079 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 27,308 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) 16,417 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
57,804 US/Canadian $

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

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.