Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Nova Scotia Community College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Kevin Cameron
Manager, Procurement
Financial Services
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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:
The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:
Sustainable Procurement
Sustainable Procurement involves taking a holistic approach to obtain best value for goods and
services. NSCC, where economically viable and operationally feasible, shall ensure that
sustainable procurement criteria are embedded in all purchasing decisions. Sustainable criteria
may include, but are not limited to:
Environmental Considerations: Greenhouse gas impact, waste impact, recycled content,
re-usability/ end-of-life disposal requirements.
Economic Considerations: Durability of the product, Energy Efficiency / Lifecycle cost,
support of local economy.
Social Considerations: Employee Health and Safety, Inclusiveness and Fair Wage, and
Health Promotion
Product Certification: In areas where the choice exists, NSCC shall purchase products that
meet industry recognized certifications for environmental performance. Examples of
certifications are provided below for the following categories:
Computers: Shall be at minimum certified Product Environmental Assessment Tool
(EPEAT) Silver, or demonstrated equivalence.
Electronics: Shall be certified Energy Star TM, or demonstrated equivalence.
Cleaning Products: Shall be certified Green Seal TM, EcoLogo TM, or demonstrated
equivalence.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
NSCC has adopted a Procurement Policy that requires all cleaning products be certified EcoLogo, Green Seal, or demonstrated equivalence.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products)?:
No

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products:
108,198 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
221,557.40 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:
NSCC does not contract out cleaning services. Housekeeping is done by internal staff. Please see our procurement policy above.

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:
Sustainable Procurement
Sustainable Procurement involves taking a holistic approach to obtain best value for goods and
services. NSCC, where economically viable and operationally feasible, shall ensure that
sustainable procurement criteria are embedded in all purchasing decisions. Sustainable criteria
may include, but are not limited to:
Environmental Considerations: Greenhouse gas impact, waste impact, recycled content,
re-usability/ end-of-life disposal requirements.
Economic Considerations: Durability of the product, Energy Efficiency / Lifecycle cost,
support of local economy.
Social Considerations: Employee Health and Safety, Inclusiveness and Fair Wage, and
Health Promotion
Product Certification: In areas where the choice exists, NSCC shall purchase products that
meet industry recognized certifications for environmental performance. Examples of
certifications are provided below for the following categories:
Computers: Shall be at minimum certified Product Environmental Assessment Tool
(EPEAT) Silver, or demonstrated equivalence.
Electronics: Shall be certified Energy Star TM, or demonstrated equivalence.
Cleaning Products: Shall be certified Green Seal TM, EcoLogo TM, or demonstrated
equivalence.

The website URL where information about the institution’s green cleaning initiatives is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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