Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

MacEwan University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.89 / 1.00 Ron Ewanchuk
Coordinator, Tenant Services
Facilities
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase third party certified cleaning and janitorial products?:
Yes

A copy of the green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:
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The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

Purpose:
To outline Facilities Green Housekeeping Program implemented in all MacEwan University buildings.

Scope:
Under the direction of this program, sustainable custodial services are practiced in all MacEwan University buildings. Green cleaning safeguards human health, while minimizing its impact on the environment. All efforts are made to improve air quality by reducing and eliminating the release of toxins into the environment by using Green cleaning products. Waste is handled and disposed appropriately following established recycling processes.

This directive pertains to Custodial Services, including all in-house custodial employees and contracted employees.

Background:
Facilities is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for students, employees and visitors in all university buildings in compliance with the university’s Health and Safety Policy D1400, Facilities Operations & Maintenance Policy D5050 and Facilities Whole Life Cycle Sustainable Policy D5000.


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

Custodial vendors have agreed via contract to provide MacEwan University with green certified products as ordered by undetermined frequency.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products)?:
Yes

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products:
202,209.93 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
236,590.97 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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:

Indoor Air Quality
Special attention will be paid to improve indoor air quality by preventing the use of unsafe cleaning chemicals with hazardous contaminants and by introducing environmentally friendly approved Green products in all university buildings. These Green products must be certified by the Environmental Choice Program or approved by Green Seal.

Chemical Dispensers
In order to reduce and control excess chemical usage, chemical dispensers will be installed in all custodial rooms to dispense cleaning solutions at the correct dilution rate, as per the manufacturer’s specification.

Carpet Care
Carpet tile installed in main hallways at most campus buildings is steam cleaned with a clear water application.


A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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The sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s green cleaning initiatives is available:
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All in-house Custodial employees receive training on cleaning standards, procedures and chemical use. The time frame varies for individual employees. Supervisors monitor staff closely during the training period and records are kept of individual employee training. Continuing, all employees are accountable for following best cleaning standards and safety procedures.

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