The University at Buffalo requires all copy paper, janitorial
paper, and other paper supplies to be composed of 100%
post-consumer recycled content to the maximum extent possible.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) requires the use of
100% post-consumer, recycled content, process chlorine-free paper
for all of its paper needs including copy paper, university
documents and publications, janitorial paper, and other paper
supplies, unless recycled paper is unavailable.
When paper with 100% post-consumer recycled content is not
available or does not meet required form, function, or utility, or
the cost of the product is not competitive, paper procurements
shall use post-consumer recycled content to the extent practicable.
Non-recycled content shall be derived from sustainably-managed
renewable resources to the extent practicable.
The university is committed to responsible stewardship of
natural resources and strives to:
- reduce the university’s carbon footprint and
environmental impact on forests, air, water, and energy
- reduce fossil fuel usage
- conserve natural resources
- demonstrate UB leadership in campus environmental
- encourage faculty, staff, and students to be environmentally
- support the consumer market for environmentally responsible
On April 24, 2008, Governor Paterson issued Executive Order #4
that states in part, that commencing no later than July 1,
- all 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.
- all state agency and authority publications shall be printed on
100% post-consumer recycled content paper. Where paper with 100%
post-consumer recycled content is not available, or does not meet
required form, function and utility, paper procurements shall use
post-consumer recycled content to the extent practicable.
Non-recycled content shall be derived from a sustainably-managed
renewable resource to the extent practicable, unless the cost of
the product is not competitive.
This policy applies to all university entities and
The measure of the impact human
activities have on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide
Fuels or hydrocarbons found within
the top layer of the Earth’s crust. Fossil fuels are
non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to
form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are
Process Chlorine-Free Paper
Paper that is not bleached with
chlorine or chlorine derivatives, avoiding dioxin pollution and
other negative environmental impacts.
Sustainably-Managed Renewable Resource
A natural resource qualifies as a
renewable resource if it is replenished by natural processes at a
rate comparable or faster than its rate of consumption by humans or
other users. Some natural renewable resources such as geothermal,
fresh water, timber, and biomass must be carefully managed to avoid
exceeding the environment's capacity to replenish them. Sustainable
management of these resources meets the needs of the present
without compromising the social, economic, and ecological needs of
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