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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 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.26 / 1.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
"---" 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:

The following is an excerpt from "From Purple To Green: Western's Sustainable Procurement Guidelines" (2014):

Encourage colleagues to reduce paper use and consider the following when purchasing paper products.

Preparing to Buy
•Choose products certified by a reputable forest management system such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
•Ensure paper is made with post consumer recycled content.
•Purchase chlorine-free paper.
•Avoid individual wrappers or excessive packaging by purchasing in bulk.
•Check for non-toxic, natural or water based adhesives.

Preferred Suppliers
DATA Group offers letter head and memo pads that are FSC certified and made of 10% post-consumer recycled content. Official brown envelopes are FSC certified and made of 100% post-consumer recycled content.
Office Max (Grand & Toy) offers paper that is SFI certified. They have also combined paper and stationery deliveries so Western’s carbon footprint is minimized.

After the Buy
From sticky notes to envelopes, all office-related paper products can be recycled on campus!


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

Preferences for this purchasing method are expressed in "From Purple To Green: Western's Sustainable Procurement Guidelines" (2014)

Graphic Services at Western use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper in all three print shop operations. Additionally, Graphic Services is helping campus departments reduce paper waste and save trees by creating scrap paper pads out of paper that's only been used on one side.


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 9,277.94 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 253.59 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 0 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 287.60 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
238,167.55 US/Canadian $

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