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Liaison Tavey Capps
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2015
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Duke University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tavey Capps
Environmental Sustainability Director
Office of the Executive Vice President
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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:
The university academic cleaning services department has a unit preference to purchase green seal or environmentally friendly cleaning products.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
The Procurement Office encourages staff, students, and faculty to make wise purchasing decisions as it relates to toxic chemicals, including cleaning products. Procurement Services regularly reviews new janitorial products and supplies, and encourages the three major housekeeping departments to sample and modify their cleaning practices.

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:
484,500 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
510,000 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:
Duke currently uses Ecolab dispensing systems in all of our residents halls (see attached- QC Installation and Operation). A majority of the products used in this system are green seal. We are also conducting a pilot study with Lotus Pro Ozone in two of our buildings on East campus (see attachment – Product Brochure). University Housekeeping is committed to using products, chemical and equipment that’s not harmful to the environment or personnel. Electrolized water, green seal chemicals, green label equipment, and tools that’s effective without the use of chemicals are examples of our 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:
EQUIPMENT UPDATES -Introduced steam machines to East and West Campus. Machines are used to remove build up on corners and edges, cleaning of brick, cleaning of mattresses (bug bed prevention). Also used for showers, entryways and stair landings. Machines only use water and support the green cleaning program -Introduced upholstery/ carpet extractor. Used to clean all sofas and chairs at least once per year or as needed. -Introduced boost on a stick scrubbers. Uses sonic technology to strip flooring in half the time. -Introduced high-speed buffers to support our floor care program. -Goal to introduce the Vario machine with rotating brushes. Use to deep scrub ceramic flooring with attention to the grout lines.

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