Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.58
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date April 26, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Boston University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.97 / 1.00 Carlos Vazquez
Custodial Services
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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:
Boston University’s Sustainable Cleaning Program incorporates sustainable cleaning products and materials that are Green Seal or EcoLogo certified sustainable cleaning products. Building environments have a significant impact on human and environmental health, learning outcomes, productivity and overall sustainability. Based on extensive industry research focused on building maintenance and operations, technology, and cleaning science, Boston University has identified the best tools, products, and practices for maintaining sustainable buildings that protect human health and the environment. This policy adheres to the LEED v3 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance standard. The University began its sustainable cleaning program in the 1990’s to address concerns for personal safety and the desire to increase inefficiencies. A major step was the installation of cleaning command centers to control chemical use, minimize packaging waste, reduce the University’s carbon footprint, and lower the chances of chemical related injuries. The program has developed over the years by following best business practices to protect the campus community, reduce waste, and meet the cleanliness goals of the University. Concentrated ongoing efforts have resulted in better means and methods resulting in a more efficient custodial operation. The origins of the sustainable cleaning program at Boston University were based on the collective concerns of Facilities Management & Planning, faculty, staff, and students, combined with information from vendors as technology in the industry changed. The campus wide program gained momentum when President Brown launched the University’s sustainability program in September 2008.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
All products used by Boston University are super concentrated and dispensed from 600 Dilution Controlled Dispensing units located throughout campus. Custodial Services is centrally managed on each campus ensuring the University’s Green Cleaning Procedures are followed.

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:
352,000 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
366,000 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:
Boston University has exemplary Green Cleaning Procedures in place using Green Seal and EcoLogo certified cleaning products. 96.2% of all cleaning and janitorial products used by the University are Green Certified Cleaning products and in the next few years, the Custodial Department envisions this number to reach 100%. All LEED buildings have a 100% performance metric.

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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