Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.74
Liaison Pat Van Duyne
Submission Date June 11, 2015
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Joliet Junior College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.79 / 1.00 Nick Sciaccotta
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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:

JJC utilizes cleaning procedures and product use/selection as outlined in the Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual for Public Housing Authorities, attached above.

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

Green Seal and/or UL Environment certification requirements are listed on bid items.
Joliet Junior College has adapted all custodial supplies to meet requirements to achieve and maintain specified LEED certifications at all buildings/campuses regardless of current certification level.

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:
123,984.76 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
173,108 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:

JJC provides easily understood directions to cleaning staff in appropriate written languages or graphic representation for the dilution of chemical cleaning products. Staff members are trained on the following items in conjunction with the green cleaning program.
∞ Track the quantities of cleaning chemicals used over time on at least a quarterly basis by utilizing WebTMA inventory controls and area PM material use and cost tracking.
∞ Use a chemical measuring and dilution control system that limits worker exposure to chemical concentrates while facilitating the proper dilution of these concentrates (e.g., wall-mounted dispensing systems where concentrates
are sequestered and dispensed remotely and cleaning chemical is automatically mixed with water for proper end-use dilution without the worker needing to touch concentrates). Currently JJC utilizes Spartan Clean-on-the-Go dilution control systems in combination with equipment designed for chemical-less cleaning.
∞ Use the appropriate technology (coarse spray or squirt bottles, automatic chemical dispensers on powered equipment, etc.) for applying the chemical product to avoid aerosolization, overuse, or waste.
∞ Provide directions for the proper rinsing and disposal of expended or empty chemical solution containers.
∞ Reduce, minimize, or eliminate the need for using cleaning chemicals if possible.
∞ Provide employees with initial, on-site, site-specific, and annual in-service training. Training should be done in a manner that respects unique needs of the employee, such as limited English proficiency, physical challenges, or learning disabilities. All employees should receive training and/or education on an annual basis to maintain knowledge of correct procedures for safety, tools, techniques, and pertinent environmental standards.
∞ Train cleaning personnel in the proper handling of chemicals, proper use and maintenance of equipment, and proper cleaning procedures.
∞ Train purchasing personnel in the selection of green cleaning materials.
∞ Give all personnel standard safety training, including how to reduce and prevent ergonomic injuries and exposure to hazardous materials.
∞ Provide site-specific training focusing on standards for the facility to which workers will be assigned. This site-specific training covers: facility specific cleaning instructions, tailored procedural training (e.g., servicing areas for vulnerable populations) based on the needs of the facility and occupants, and hazardous communication standards.

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 custodial bid documents for FY2014 includes soaps/hand sanitizers, paper products, and liners. The bid specifies that products that are not brand specific must be Green Seal certified (GS-01) for paper products and meet ASTM D6954-04 for degradable liners. Other products listed are brand specific and are Green Seal certified products.

In addition to those specified in the custodial bid process, JJC also purchases the following products exclusively:
-Cleaning/Degreasing Agent: Simple Green (Green Seal Certified, RTU)
-General Purpose Cleaner: Spartan Clean by Peroxy (Green Seal Certified, Dilution controlled)
-Bathroom Cleaner: General use-Spartan Clean by Peroxy (Green Seal Certified, Dilution controlled), limited use - Spartan hdqC2 (dilution controlled)
-Glass Cleaner: Spartan Glass Cleaner (Green Seal Certified, Dilution controlled), Unger Hi-Flo water filtration system utilized for clear-water only exterior window cleaning (chemical-free)
-Carpet Cleaner: General use - Spartan Clean by Peroxy (Green Seal Certified, Dilution controlled), Carpet Spotter - Renown Spotter & Deodorizer (enzyme based, RTU)
-Biologically-active Cleaning Products: Renown Spotter & Deodorizer enzyme based and RTU, Sweet Nothings UL bacterial deodorant RTU, Nu Floor drain treatment enzyme based and RTU, Fresh Product Wave Urinal Screens enzyme based.
-Floor-Care Products: JJC utilized Square Scrub and orbital cleaning technology for water-based/chemical-free stripping.
-Hand Cleaners: Per bid Spartan Lite N' Foamy hand and body soap (Green Seal Certified)
-Toilet Paper: Per bid, product must meet GS-01 Certification
-Paper Towels: Per bid, product must meet GS-01 Certification
-Liners: Per bid, product must meet ASTM D6954-04 for biodegradable
-Odor Removers: Renown Spotter & Deodorizer enzyme based and RTU, Sweet Nothings UL bacterial deodorant RTU
-Graffiti Remover: Spartan Clean by Peroxy (Green Seal Certified, Dilution controlled), Soy Green Graffiti and Paint Remover (bio-based)

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

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