Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.61
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Saint Louis University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 1.00 Jeff Macko
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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:

A very limited number of SLU staff members are authorized to purchase cleaning chemicals and these individuals are aware of the University's preference for green chemicals. Our contract specifies green chemicals and associated pricing. These chemicals were selected based on efficacy and our goal to be as green as possible. Custodial Services is actively involved in using Green Seal certified products, with the aim of increasing the amount of certified products over time.

The following is a list of green cleaning product vendors used on campus: Claire Manufacturing, Diversey, GOJO industries, PITT Plastics, SCA, and GP.

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:
266,986.76 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
472,725.04 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:

Custodial Services has partnered with Diversey/Sealed Air to implement the Healthy High Performance Cleaning program (products, tools and procedures). Because of this program,10 buildings on campus have received GreenGuard Certification (Montelone Hall, Learning Resource Center, Schwitalla Hall, Pius XII Memorial Library, Busch Student Center, DuBourg Hall, McDonnell Douglas Hall, Wool Center). The GreenGuard program, overseen by the GreenGuard Environmental Institute, is an indoor air quality certification that incorporates the Standard for Cleaning Products and Systems. Certification can only be obtained if the cleaning products used in the building have met the strict criteria for chemical emissions limits. Building audits are done to ensure that the cleaning products, training and systems are being utilized appropriately and effectively.

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:

Section 6.1 specifies using cleaning products that meet Green Seal standard GS-37 or products
with low-volatile organic compounds (VOC) whenever applicable

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

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