Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.84
Liaison Adrienne Schwarte
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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Maryville College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Adrienne Schwarte
Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator of Sustainability Studies Minor
Fine Arts & Sustainability Studies
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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:

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

The institution now has strict ordering guidelines, listed above, which dictate which cleaning chemicals can be purchased and used on campus. This ensures a minimum level of green cleaning to be done through the use of more environmentally friendly chemicals.

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:
0 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
79,727.02 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:

This initiative is a program of the Physical Plant at Maryville College. The Physical Plant recently changed its vendor to attain more environmentally friendly cleaning products. This program also trained employee's how to minimize their environmental impact and taught environmental friendly protocol for cleaning.

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:

Currently, MC uses green cleaning supplies for janitorial work. This includes Natttura brand products, which are Green Seal Standard labeled. This labeling means the products follow Standard GS-37 based on effective performance, concentration of product, minimized/recycled packaging, and protective limits on VOCs and human and environmental toxicity. Products used include a VOC Free glass cleaner, a no film low foam all purpose cleaner, and a non-solvent based cleaner/degreaser. In addition, a switch to a non-corrosive bathroom & bowl cleaner/descaler product was made recently. Coreless tissue is used in some buildings, and MC uses recyclable plastic bags for collection of recycled goods on campus.

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

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