Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.87
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colorado College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.87 / 1.00 Jay Jeanneret
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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:

Colorado College adapted its full green cleaning program in 2007. The ES Department purchases and uses approved Green Seal certified cleaners and uses microfiber mops and cloths for cleaning. All core products purchased for cleaning are Green Seal certified and bio-based. The core cleaners consist of a floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and glass cleaner. Disinfectants are EPA certified instead of Green Seal.

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

Training: At the core of our green cleaning program is training. All custodians are fully trained on green cleaning techniques using hands-on training in a small group setting. Vendors are often used as they provide subject matter expertise and 3rd party experiences.

Quantitative Performance Measurement and Quality Assurance: Service quality is regularly monitored to ensure the clean and pleasant environment of all campus buildings. Buildings are regularly evaluated by management using several different means including the use of handheld devices running cleaning management software. Management also monitors the type and amount of products being used periodically throughout the year.

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:
21,150 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
25,700 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:

Much to the credit of Sodexo, the College’s main cleaning contractor, CC has gained national recognition as a leader in sustainable cleaning practices and was named one of two colleges honored by American School & University magazine, the Green Cleaning Network, and the Healthy Schools Campaign for the 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities. Since contracting with Sodexo, CC has cut the number of cleaning products it uses in half. The 2008 Green Cleaning Award recognized Sodexo for piloting environmentally preferable chemicals and installing chemical-dispensing systems that reduce waste and prevent the “more is better” pitfall. By switching to microfiber cloths and mops, Sodexo reduced custodial-cleaning water use by about 247,000 gallons per year in residential and academic areas. Furthermore, Sodexo technicians have introduced technology that uses water instead of harsh chemicals to wash floors, improving student and employee health by reducing toxic chemical use. Additionally, by switching to dual filtration units instead of using vacuums, Sodexo has increased indoor air quality.

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:

: Equipment will be Green Seal, Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), or NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute) approved. Equipment is also selected for its ability to increase productivity & safety and/or for improved cleaning effectiveness.

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