Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Debbie Liddick
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Black Hills State University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.81 / 1.00 John Hinrichs
Graduate Assistant
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase third party certified cleaning and janitorial products?:

A copy of the green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:
The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:
All State Agencies, including Black Hills State University, shall procure and use cleaning products having properties that minimize potential impacts to human health and the environment consistent with maintenance of the effectiveness of these products for the protection of public health and safety.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
Black Hills State University strives to achieve the highest level of sustainable custodial practices. Custodians use microfiber towels first and, when necessary, supplement with 100% recycled Green Seal certified paper towels. The primary cleaning product is 3M Neutral Cleaner which is also Green Seal certified. Hard surface floors (with the exception of athletic surfaces) are cleaned by TENNANT T3, T5, and T7 cleaning scrubbers. These products utilize the ec-H2O technology using no chemicals, just water. The use of these products results in 80% of all campus cleaning products recognized as Green Seal certified.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products)?:

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products:
35,709.72 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
47,644.69 US/Canadian $

Has the institution's main cleaning or housekeeping department(s) and/or contractor(s) adopted a Green Seal or ISSA certified low-impact, ecological (“green”) cleaning program?:

A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:

A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:

The sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:

The website URL where information about the institution’s green cleaning initiatives is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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