Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.19
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colgate University
OP-13: Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.84 / 1.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total expenditures on cleaning products:
50,000 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on cleaning products that are Green Seal or UL ECOLOGO certified and/or Safer Choice labeled (or local equivalents for institutions outside the U.S. and Canada):
38,400 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on janitorial paper products:
60,000 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on janitorial paper products that are FSC, Green Seal, and/or UL ECOLOGO certified (or local equivalents for institutions outside the U.S. and Canada):
54,000 US/Canadian $

Percentage of expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products that are third party certified to meet recognized sustainability standards:

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn (i.e. one-year time period or representative sample):

One year time period (fiscal year 2016).

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The following information came from Colgate's Custodial Supervisor, Michelle Butzgy.

The Green Seal cleaning chemicals that Colgate uses includes:
1. Sealed Air - Stride cleaner (floors)
2. Sealed Air - Crew Bathroom Cleaner & Scale Remover (bathrooms)
3. Sealed Air - Glance Glass Cleaner (glass)
4. Spartan - Clean By Peroxy (floors)

We have the RTD (ready-to-dispense) system for the three Sealed Air cleaners - basically, the bottles are of the concentrated cleaner, there is a connector you use to hook these up to a water source. There is a dial on the container that mixes the cleaner at different ratios depending on what you are using it for: bucket filling vs. spray bottle etc...here is a short video of the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfPhl4p20Ik

The Stride floor cleaner is for flooring - it is usually put into mop buckets and/or floor machines (some but not all)
The Bathroom cleaner is usually either directly applied to the surfaces of the RTD system (for shower walls etc...) or into mop buckets and/or spray bottles
The Glance glass cleaner is only used in spray bottles

The last one is for flooring and is also a concentrated chemical that is diluted for use. It doesn't have the same RTD system but does have a hand pump that goes on the bottle and measures out a certain amount so you can make sure it is diluted properly. We primarily use this one to clean the new LVT flooring that has been installed on campus recently - it is used in a mop bucket.

Lately, Colgate has been trying out some new mop buckets - they are much smaller than the larger standard yellow ones. This works better for some of the staff (we use them in Bryan Complex, Cutten Complex, Dana Arts & a few other locations). These small buckets result in using less cleaner and water. The mop heads on these are like the others that Colgate uses - they are washed and reused them many times.

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