Green Paper Procurement
UWSP purchases lower impact, recycled products and chooses partners that use alternative fuel sources
In the arena of sustainability and reducing climate change potential it takes two-a supplier and a customer-to work together to achieve mutual goals and objectives, to improve the supply chain, to seek improvements and efficiencies, to foster trust, and to benefit the geosphere at the same time.
An example of this is the ongoing relationship between the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and NewPage Corporation. Both UWSP and NewPage are committed to leadership and action in sustainability and, in particular, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The ACUPCC provides a number of solutions to assist colleges and universities in achieving their climate neutral commitments. One of the solutions centers on the area of procurement. Recommendations within that solution include sourcing locally, purchasing lower impact products, purchasing products with recycled content and that are themselves recyclable, and choosing suppliers that utilize alternative fuel sources.
NewPage offers a variety of products with recycled content, sustainable forest management chain-of- custody certification, and products made with substantial amounts of renewable energy. For a crucial recent project-the university’s redesigned centerpiece admissions recruitment publication- UWSP selected NewPage Centura Gloss Cover. Made at the Wisconsin Rapids Mill, less than twenty miles from the university, the product contains 10 percent recycled content and is chain-of-custody certified. The mill obtains 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Clearly, UWSP is exemplifying how procurement choices can and do make a difference.
"At UWSP, we take great care in the development, design, and production of the marketing communication pieces that help us attract our best-fit students. We are pleased to work with NewPage in our efforts to balance the ever-present pressures of time, money, and resources to make a difference for our students, faculty, staff, and the world," said Stephen Ward, executive director and assistant to the chancellor for university relations and communications.