Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.94
Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
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Kankakee Community College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 1.00 Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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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:

Kankakee Community College
Green Purchasing Practice
December 12, 2010

This document outlines the multiple factors that determine KCC’s procurement decisions. These procurement decisions amend economic criteria with strong commitments towards environmental and social responsibility. People authorized to make purchases on behalf of the college are expected to support our commitment to environmental responsibility through the guidelines and procedures contained in this green purchasing practice and this green purchasing practice provides a means for implementation of sustainable purchasing.

Policy Statement
KCC is committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials and products.

It is the policy of KCC to require purchase of products and services that minimize environmental and health impacts, toxics pollution, and hazards to worker and community safety and to the larger global community to the greatest extent practicable; however; it is not the intent of this policy to require a department, buyer or contractor to take any action that conflicts with local, state or federal requirements or to procure products that do not perform adequately for their intended use, exclude adequate competition, or are not available at a reasonable price in a reasonable period of time.

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

Purchasing guidelines are discussed at Department, Division and President Cabinet meetings. Purchasing decisions are reviewed by the ordering departments. The Director of Facilities oversees the purchasing of cleaning supplies.

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:
44,162.34 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
47,933.62 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:

KCC follows a Green Seal low-impact, ecological cleaning program whereby over 90% of all paper and cleaning products are used.

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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