Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.72 / 1.00 John Cook
Director 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:

The goal of the Green Cleaning Policy and Plan is to:
Reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely impact air quality, health, building finishes, building systems and the environment
Reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning products, disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags.

This Policy and Plan addresses environmental best practices for cleaning the interior of the University of California, Riverside (hereafter referred to as “UC Riverside”), located at 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521. Specifically, it addresses purchasing sustainable cleaning, hard-floor and carpet products, and entryway systems; procuring sustainable cleaning equipment; developing and implementing standard operating procedures for effective cleaning; promoting and improving hand hygiene; developing guidelines for handling cleaning chemicals; developing staffing and employee training requirements; collecting and addressing occupant feedback; and establishing procedures for use of chemical concentrates and dilution systems.

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

UCR uses green cleaning products whenever they can.
Housing, Dining and Resident Services use 85 % by cost Green Seal or EcoLogo products

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:
237,143 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
377,777 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:

UCR uses Green Seal products whenever it can. It has moved to capsule cleaning products to avoid waste and not to transport water, pre-diluted cleaning supplies, unnecessarily.

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:

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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