Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.34
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2014
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Emory University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.71 / 1.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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 Campus Services Building and Residential Services Green Cleaning Manual requires that all campus cleaning to be consistent with the requirements of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, including meeting or exceeding Green Seal Standard GS-42. The policy also requires training that educates employees on appropriate products, usage, handling and tools for their health and safety and the health and safety of the building occupants.
Emory standards include:
- The use of Green Seal certified products whenever available, at competitive prices, and proven effective
- A training module created to include information and instructions deemed necessary for the correct use of cleaning products.
- Disposable housekeeping products will meet or exceed Green Seal Standards. The use of disposable paper products utilizing 100% recycled content and manufactured without the additional use of elemental chlorine or chlorine compounds, and specifying the use of plastic trash can liners with a minimum of 30% post consumer recycled content.

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

Building and Residential Services collaborates with the Procurement department's Contract Administration staff to ensure that green cleaning supply requirements are included in bid process and supplier contracts, that green alternatives are added as developed by the manufacturer, and that suppliers abide by Emory's policy.

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:
912,381.39 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
1,480,227.78 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:

Emory's Green Cleaning program complies with the LEED O+M Existing Buildings In-House Green Cleaning Policy, but is not certified by either of the two certification programs listed here.

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:

Emory uses an in-house cleaning team, therefore there is no contract that references certified green products. However, the in-house cleaning program is required to follow the LEED O+M Existing Buildings In-House Green Cleaning Policy.

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

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