Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.29 / 1.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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:

Using green products have become a mandatory practice for Building Services at UMKC. There is more awareness of the hazards and threats associated with regular cleaning methods pertaining to toxins chemicals and safety hazards to staff. All custodial assignments are calculated for seven hours per day. The assignments are placed on the custodial carts in each zone for easy access and to refer to as needed. Cleaning specifications are scheduled to services public spaces daily and private spaces, which are office areas and research labs, once a week. There is one office cleaner per zone that cleans all the offices in each zone.

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

n 2007, the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) Campus Facilities Building Services unit made the commitment to participate in green cleaning strategies. From the custodian on the floor to students, faculty and staff in the buildings, green cleaning has been embraced as the gold standard. There are currently 43 buildings being cleaned as a part of the campus green cleaning program. The benefits of the program are many however the focus of the program is to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals with safer, environmentally friendly cleaning products, improve indoor air quality, reduce the risk of employee contamination which could result in accidents from a safety perspective and implement a set standard for best practices in the workplace through interactive education of all employees.

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:
150,000 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
3,000,000 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?:

A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:

UMKC Building Services is committed to using powered low-impact equipment that is ecological.

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:

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