Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.83
Liaison Sarah Temple
Submission Date Oct. 18, 2012
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Louisiana State University
OP-11: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 2.00 Denise Newell
Manager, Campus Sustainability
LSU Facility Services
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase Green Seal (tm) or EcoLogo (tm) certified cleaning products?:

The website URL where the green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines are posted:
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:

The Office of Facility Services has introduced green cleaning throughout campus by:

• Using reusable microfiber cloths (made from recycled bottle caps)

• Phasing out aerosols

• Purchasing Green Seal products

• Performing pest management sprays by request only

• Installing entry mats made from recycled material

• Working with LSU Sustainability to develop more green cleaning standards

Recently, environmentally friendly cleaning equipment has been purchased, such as the T5 scrubber, for use in the new business school. This machine uses only water for an overall neutral pH cleaning. The water is pumped into the machine, oxygenated, and charged with an electric current, allowing it to attract and pick up dirt off of hard surfaced floors. This allows the water waste to be chemical free for environmentally safe disposal.

A Green Cleaning Task Force was formed, including representatives from each unit on campus to identify high volume items, create cleaning categories, evaluate standards and certifications, and ultimately select product standards.

LSU contracts a large quantity of cleaning products through Proctor & Gamble who self certifies their products meet VOC rules in LEED, including all disinfectants and floor cleaners.

Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning products)?:

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or EcoLogo certified cleaning products :
40,524.40 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning products :
423,619.80 US/Canadian $

A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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