Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Smith College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.42 / 1.00 Brett McGuinness
Assistant Manager
Building 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:
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The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

We currently use cleaning chemicals that meet or exceed Green Seal guidelines or are certified for cleaning the majority of areas that do not require disinfecting, such as offices, common spaces and classrooms.


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

Smith began a transition to green cleaning products in 2004. Since then, staff have tested more products and is using them in increasing quantities. We currently use cleaning chemicals that meet or exceed Green Seal guidelines or are certified for cleaning the majority of areas that do not require disinfecting, such as offices, common spaces and classrooms.


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:
20,000 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
90,000 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:

Smith began a transition to green cleaning products in 2004. Since then, staff has tested more products and is using them in increasing quantities. We currently use cleaning chemicals that meet or exceed Green Seal guidelines or are certified for cleaning the majority of areas that do not require disinfecting, such as offices, common spaces and classrooms.

As we replace floor cleaning equipment (auto-scrubbers and carpet cleaners) we are purchasing items that are industry certified as "green machines," which means that they use 70 percent less water than traditional models.

Ford Hall (Smith's new LEED Gold science and engineering building) uses comprehensive "green cleaning" processes, equipment, chemicals and floor sealers.


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:

Expenditures on cleaning products are conservative estimates.

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