Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Sam Lubow
Submission Date July 30, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Stanford University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 1.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Green cleaning products are specifically included in Stanford's sustainable purchasing policy. Consistent with Stanford's sustainability goals, the purpose of its sustainable purchasing policy is to support and facilitate the purchase of products and materials that minimize the harmful effects to the environment from their production, transportation, use and disposition. It is Stanford's preference to purchase and use environmentally preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and can be acquired at similar total value (cost/quality). A related purpose is to develop and implement common purchasing programs to be used by all Stanford personnel that support suppliers of environmentally preferable products, services and practices.

For complete details, please visit the following:

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

Stanford's custodial provider is DTZ, a selection made based on a variety of criteria, including a comprehensive sustainability program. For more information, please see http://www.greenservice.com/.

All products are ordered through an online tool that is monitored by DTZ's corporate Purchasing Department. Each product supplier page is provided a shopping cart list that only allows DTZ to order items designated for each account. Any item outside this shopping cart is routed to the on-site manager for approval. Any chemical that does not comply with criteria is reviewed by management. Approval for this product is granted only if an alternative solution is unavailable or has an impact on the facilities' cleanliness.

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:
542,202.11 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
667,289.36 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:

DTZ is known as a leader and pioneer in the Facilities industry with its GreenClean© program. DTZ is committed to providing all our clients with programs that allow them and DTZ to meet or exceed Federal sustainability standards.

GreenClean is not just products--it is a holistic approach to services that takes into account:

(1) The health, safety, and environmental risks of products and processes
(2) The function and activities of the facility and occupants
(3) The cleaning, maintenance, and sanitation needs of the facility

The DTZ GreenClean program has identified 134 products across 17 categories as being certifiably green. For detailed information, see the Cleaning Tools and Equipment page (http://bgm.stanford.edu/custodial_green_clean).

To learn more about DTZ sustainability programs, go to http://www.greenservice.com.

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:

see attached PDF contract excerpt

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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