Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Oberlin College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.83 / 1.00 Bridget Flynn
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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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:

The department recognizes that Green Seal is a great resource when it comes to making a decision on a product. We currently use Green Seal certified products from Johnson Diversey, for our daily cleaning we use Alpha HP, for daily bathroom cleaning we use Crew, and for glass and multi-surface we use Glance. We currently use Spartan BioRenewalbes Restroom Detail Cleaner which contains 8% citric acid from a renewable resource for when the restrooms needs a little more aggressive product. Consume – contains naturally occurring digester enzymes that break down organic soils helping us to maintain our drains and eliminate odors. We use Aquaria, a Green Seal Certified (No Heavy Metals) product, to finish our hard floors; it is manufactured by Johnson Diversey. We are currently using two (2) hand soaps from Kutol, (soap in a box and Foaming soap) they are both Green Seal Certified. The paper products that we stock are manufactured by Eco Soft and they are Green Seal Certified. The tissue is 100% recycled (recovered after paper making process) with a minimum of 20% post consumer waste paper content, and the core and box are 100% recycled material. The paper towels are 100% recycled (recovered after paper making process) with a minimum of 40% post consumer waste paper content, the core and box are 100% recycled material. All vacuums on campus meet or exceed the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) requirements for efficiency. The college is in the process of phasing out all standard Sanitare vacuums and moving to Windsor Sensor vacuums. The Windsor vacuum is LEED qualifying with CRI SOA Silver Performance and noise levels less than 70 dBA.


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

Facilities Operations actively sources Green Seal products and trains custodial staff in their proper use.


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:
14293 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
18630 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:
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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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