Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Samuel Crowl
Submission Date March 11, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Ohio University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.46 / 1.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management
Facilities Management & Safety
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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:


Please accept this letter as documentation of the following LEED green cleaning practices currently in place at Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701:

The following cleaning products are the sole products used for the tasks specified:
•The cleaning products meet the Green Seal Standard GS-37 for general purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners used for industrial and institutional purposes.
oPurchase of sustainable cleaning and hard floor and carpet care products contain bio-based materials. (example: EnvirOx 117m 62.2% bio-based materials).
•Disinfectants, metal polishes, floor finishes, strippers or other products not addressed above meet the Green Seal Standard GS-40 for appropriate category.
oOhio University elects to meet this requirement through the Alternative Compliance Path: The University uses EnvirOx 117 and 118 sanitizers as disinfectants. These care cleaning products that meet a minimum standard of 57% bio-based materials.
•Disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags meet the minimum requirements of:
oEPA Guidelines for Janitorial Paper and Plastic Trash Can Liners
Colonial can liners are EPA compliant.
•http://www.colonialbag.com/pdfs/catalog.pdf (page attached)
oGreen Seal GS-09 for paper towels and napkins
Use Von Drele Paper Towels and Napkins (Preserve White Hardwound), GS-09.
oGreen Seal GS-01 for tissue paper
Use Von Drele tissue paper (preserve Jumbo 1 Ply), GS-09
•Hand Soaps meet the Green Seal Standard GS-41 for industrial and institutional hand cleaners
oUse Kutol hand soap (EZ Foam Foaming Luxury Hand Soap), GS-41.
oAll other soaps used (industrial, institutional, etc.) meet GS-41 standards.

Please note that the information above is the LEED submission letter provided for any LEED projects at OU, but similar practices are implemented campus-wide.

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

All new construction and renovations must include Facilities Management in a minimum of 2 planning meetings to ensure “Green Cleaning” compliance prior to project completion. It is requested that University purchasers utilize the Bobcat Buy procurement system (SciQuest). Suppliers who offer green cleaning supplies are classified as preferred suppliers in Bobcat Buy. A guideline for green cleaning practices exists, though guidelines for verification of these practices are still being created.

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:
184,821 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
653,704 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:

Our green cleaning policies require Green Seal cleaning supplies for all new buildings and prefer Green Seal cleaning supplies for all buildings, but our program is not certified by Green Seal.

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:

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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