Do a group or individual calculation on the environmental impacts of your paper. You can then compare the impacts of different papers and varying amounts of recycled content with the purpose of reducing your impacts.
Ecological Footprint Calculators
A list of various calculators compiled by Benedictine University Library
UN Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future (aka the Brundtland Commission Report). One of the realized goals of the commission was to establish the Earth Charter, a global consensus statement on ethics and values for a sustainable future.....“A world in which poverty and inequity are endemic will always be prone to ecological and other crises"
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Center
"...with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet."
A global consensus statement on ethics and values for a sustainable future.
The 2.1.2 Technical Manual of AASHE STARS (CMUs sustainability rating system) now references the UN Sustainability Goals and the Earth Charter as benchmarks in the category for Innovation and Leadership.
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Stars is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Take a look at the Credit Checklist
2 points, for example, are awarded to Stars participants for a "formally adopted open access policy that ensures that versions of future scholarly articles by faculty and staff are deposited in a designated open access repository."
In the 2.1.2 Technical Manual of AASHE STARS the UN Sustainability Goals and the Earth Charter are now referenced as benchmarks in the category for Innovation and Leadership.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
A set of rating systems developed by the U.S. Green Buiilding Council (USGBC) striving for sustainabile design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Wikipedia
"..also known as life-cycle analysis, ecobalance, and cradle-to-grave analysis) is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling."
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
An overview of the this assessment tool at GSA.gov
Civil and Environmental Engineering: Life cycle Assessment
A course libguide by CMU CEE Librarian, Julie Chen, on life cycle tools and techniques including a free downloadable textbook on LCA.
Rome Consensus: Environmental and Social Category Definitions
The European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) have mutually agreed on these definitions for Environmental and Social Categorization of all co-financed projects, which form part of the Rome Consensus. This graphic summarizes levels of project risk.
EU General Risk Methodology
Developed by the European Commission to provide guidance to surveillance authorities when assessing public risk related to a product. It builds on the RAPEX Guidelines developed within the framework of the Directive on General Product Safety GPSD. This graphic summarizes risk assessment phases.
EPEAT Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
A tool to help institutional purchasers evaluate and select electronics with preferred environmental attributes.
Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics 2017
Focus on measuring three critical areas tied to product design and responsible supply chain management across the electronics sector:
Energy: Reduction of greenhouse gases through efficiency and renewable energy
Resource Consumption: sustainable design and use of recycled materials
Chemicals: Elimination of hazardous chemicals from both the product itself and manufacturing
Tools, resources, sample policies and more for achieving paper sustainability, e.g.