Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.15
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Bucknell University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 1.00 Merritt Pedrick
Associate Director for Operations
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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 custodian purchases are purchased through the facilities department as custodian services are accomplished by in-house staff. The facilities department has been proactively investigating green cleaning options and systematically initiating the most economic, eco-friendly, and effective cleaning materials for over ten years. Facilities searches for innovative and more environmentally friendly products/procedures, such as greener cleaning chemicals; janitorial power equipment that reduces or eliminates use of chemicals; strategies to eliminate more hazardous cleaning procedures such as floor stripping; expanded use of color coded mico-fiber products; use of higher quality paper products that reduce consumption and /or reduce packaging.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:

Implemented Ready to Dispense(RTD) automated dilution systems in all custodian areas.
* Reduces chemical use by 50% or more.
* Super concentrates minimize storage, weight, and transportation.
* Reduces storage requirement by standardizing products across campus.
Eliminated most aerosol spray products
Switched to Green seal products such as: Stride Citrus, Heavy duty pre-spray, Alpha-HP.
Use water rinse every other carpet cleaning to reduce cleaning chemical use and extend carpet life.
Using a degreaser instead of harsh acid based shower cleaners
Vacuums are all equipped with HEPA-like filtration.
Changed gel hand soaps with foam soaps in restrooms to reduce amount of soap waste.
Switching over to equipment scrub pads and water that eliminate the need for harsh floor strippers.
Using shampooers and scrubbers that use electrolyzed water which would also eliminate cleaning chemicals.
All new vacuums have HEPA filter systems.
Hands free dipenser for paper towel dispensers and a green seal paper towel product
Switched to grenn seal certified toilet tissue.

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:
224,730 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
435,565 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:

All custodian cleaning is accomplished by in-house personnel. No contracts available.

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

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