Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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Tufts University
OP-11: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.11 / 2.00 Dale Tunstall
Project manager for One Source, the custodial contractor
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase Green Seal (tm) or EcoLogo (tm) certified cleaning products?:

The website URL where the green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines are posted:
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:

In 2006, Tufts University opened its first LEED Gold building, Sophia Gordon Hall. As part of the LEED process for that building, Tufts custodial contractor, One Source (now ABM) agreed to try using Green Seal certified cleaning products.

After one academic year, a graduate student evaluated the effectiveness of these new cleaning methods. She looked at cleaning efficacy, student satisfaction, and employee satisfaction and concluded that the green cleaning products and methods either showed no difference from the traditional cleaners or demonstrated improvement in each measure. The results were shared with Tufts Facilities Department and ABM.

As a result of this success and the evaluation, ABM decided to change all cleaning products to Green Seal products and green cleaning methods throughout Tufts University. ABM was also able to change from several cleaning products to one all-purpose Green Seal certified cleaner. The product change saves money and ensures that green cleaners are used consistently.

ABM Industries, the company that provides janitorial services, also has its own Green care program (http://www.abm.com/Why-ABM/GreenCare-Program/Pages/green-cleaning.aspx).

Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning products)?:

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or EcoLogo certified cleaning products :
5,250 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning products :
13,000 US/Canadian $

A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:

The certified green products were not referenced in the last cleaning contract, but a new contract is being negotiated right now. Dale Tunstall is the ABM manager for custodial services on the Medford Campus.

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