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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.17 / 1.00 Richard Beattie
Director of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing
Purchasing Services
"---" 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?:
No

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

The KU Sustainable Procurement Guide outlines what departments should avoid and what they should look for when purchasing paper, including various sustainability and ecological certifications and labels.

What to Look For:
-High percentage of post-consumer recycled paper
-Fiber sourced responsibly from well-managed forests
-Minimized use of harmful chemicals (chlorine-free harvesting)
-Safe working conditions in the harvesting and manufacturing processes
-Respect for the rights of affected communities and indigenous people

What to Avoid:
-Use of un-certified virgin wood
-Chlorine used in processing
-SFI Certification
-Coated papers that are more difficult to recycle


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

The Sustainability Ambassadors program held a presentation for University staff and particularly staff charged with purchasing in their departments about how to utilize the guide as a tool for conscientious purchasing.


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 7,424.22 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 73,787.12 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 1,667.92 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
278,441.06 US/Canadian $

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