Effective April 1, 2013, Stony Brook University transitioned from procurement of 100% virgin copy paper to exclusively paper with post-consumer waste (PCW) content.
Besides realizing significant sustainability benefits, the University will save $10,000 to $26,000, which will be re-purposed to directly benefit students, faculty and staff. This procurement action will also increase the percentage of University partnerships with minority-and women-owned businesses.
Ultimately, all copy paper purchased in the three major sizes, 8.5"x11", 8.5"x14", and 11"x17" will have 30%, 50% or 100% PCW content, regardless of color and weight.
The recycled paper initiative is a component of Project 50 Forward's Operational Excellence Managed Output Project, led by DoIT's David Ecker and team members Lynn Davis from Procurement and James O'Connor from Transportation and Sustainability. The team's goals include reducing costs, increasing sustainability and improving services related to document production.
Three of the four goals of this project have been realized. The toner recycling program and the e-Waste program are in full swing.
Between July 2013 - June 2014, the toner recycling program was responsible for just under 10,000 pounds of toner cartridges to be picked up by the vendor. The cost of this was $3,400, which the vendor turned around and donated back to Stony Brook. This was used to purchase nine Chromebooks, which were assigned to students to gauge their effectiveness in a "paperless" classroom experiment.
The e-Waste program has moved into a shared services mode, with SUNY Purchase and Farmingdale joining our contract. The vendor made a presentation and demonstrated their on-line status system, which tracks every piece of equipment during the entire process.
Paper reduction is complete, with strategic sourcing funneling all new copy paper requests to a vendor that will provide only recycled paper and at a lower price than before. The quantity of paper provided to students in their quota has been properly adjusted. See http://it.stonybrook.edu/news/articles/student-print-quota-being-adjusted-to-140-pages-per-week .
Lynn Davis and Mitch Menarchem met with Cole Camplese and Lyle Gomes to review the managed print program that was proposed. Action items from that meeting are being acted upon.
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