Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.22
Liaison David Petree
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Guilford College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 1.00 Gerald Little
Director of Environmental Services
Operations & Facilities Services
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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:
Our students challenged us to greatly reduce the amount of chemical cleaners we use around campus and we listened. Today our cleaning crew carries handheld ionizers that convert regular tap water into a safe, chemical-free, germ-killing cleaner that does just as good a job as chemical cleaners, yet doesn’t pollute the air or leave harmful residues on surfaces. For floors and other applications where the ionizers aren’t practical, we’re now using Alpha HP green cleaners. Not only have we eliminated almost all of the issues of transporting, storing and working with chemical cleaners, we have also reduced the risk of those chemicals getting into the water supply through drainage and runoff. As purchasing expensive cleaners is no longer necessary, we are saving money as well.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
It is the responsibility of the Director of Building Services to ensure only green cleaning products are purchased for use on campus. The primary cleaning product used is Alpha HP which is a multipurpose green seal cleaning product. The primary exception is urethane used on select floors.

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:
4,320 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
8,222 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:

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