Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
OP-13: Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Steve Reid
Associate Director, Facility Services
Facilities and Operations
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Total expenditures on cleaning products:
11,441 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on cleaning products that are Green Seal or UL ECOLOGO certified and/or Safer Choice labeled (or local equivalents for institutions outside the U.S. and Canada):
11,441 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on janitorial paper products:
332,928 US/Canadian $

Expenditures on janitorial paper products that are FSC, Green Seal, and/or UL ECOLOGO certified (or local equivalents for institutions outside the U.S. and Canada):
332,928 US/Canadian $

Percentage of expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products that are third party certified to meet recognized sustainability standards:

A brief description of the time period from which the figures reported above are drawn (i.e. one-year time period or representative sample):

The time period for this credit is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:


Green cleaning is not limited to products. In addition to items like toilet tissue which is made with 40% wheat fiber, our program also includes the equipment and processes used by staff. The university, in partnership with Bee-Clean Building Maintenance and Wesclean, has complemented our efforts to minimize consumable products by leveraging equipment designed to reduce energy use. This equipment includes 40 NaceCare Henry vacuums, which consume 33% less electrical energy than conventional vacuum cleaners.

The university further reduces its environmental footprint by using the Tennant ecH2O Autoscrubber to replace manual mopping. By using ionized water this equipment is chemical free. It eliminates the need for synthetic cleaning products and uses 70% less water than conventional equipment.

By eliminating the use of unneeded chemicals, using green cleaning products, leveraging innovative equipment, and delivering leading edge training programs, the Cleaning for A Healthy U program establishes the University of Alberta as a leader in sustainable operations.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.