Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.85
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2015
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Principia College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for 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:
The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

The policy - "Principia shall prioritize the purchase of cleaning products that meet industry certifications intended to minimize negative impacts on ecological systems and human health and safety, while at the same time upholding financial and performance criteria" - guides the purchase of General Purpose, Bathroom, Glass, and Carpet and Upholstery Care (i.e., GS-37 Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use and UL-2795 Standard for Sustainability for Carpet and Upholstery Care Products); Degreasing Agents (i.e., GS-34 Cleaning and Degreasing Agents and UL-2792 Cleaning and Degreasing Compounds: Biologically-based); Hard Surface Cleaners and Industrial and Institutional Floor Care (i.e., GS-40 Floor-Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, UL-2759 Standard for Sustainability: Hard Surface Cleaners, and UL-2777 Standard for Sustainability for Hard Floor Care Products); Institutional and Industrial Hand Cleaners (GS-41 Hand Cleaners for Industrial and Institutional Use and UL-2784 Standard for Sustainability: Hand Cleaners); Odor Control Additives and Digestive Additives (UL-2796 Standard for Sustainability for Odor Control Products and UL-2798 Standard for Sustainability for Biological Digestion Additives for Cleaning and Odor Control); and Disinfectants


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

The policy was developed in 2014 as a collaboration between the Center for Sustainability, Contracts, Facilities Department (Housekeeping/Flex Crew), and Workplace Safety. Several interdepartmental meetings were held, all products were inventoried and assessed using HMIS and MSDS data, all products were ranked for their "priority of transition" status, and recommendations were made to the administration.


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:
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Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
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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:

The institution's main cleaning/housekeeping departments have adopted the Green Cleaning Purchasing Standard (2014), which prioritizes the purchase of cleaning products that meet Green Seal (or UL) certifications GS-34, GS-37, GS-40, and GS-41.


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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