Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-11: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:

UNCG was one of the first UNC campuses to fully embrace sustainable cleaning. A Green Cleaning "Campus Care" rollout was completed in 2008 through a partnership with Xpedx, Inc. The Facilities Services Manager and an Xpedx representative met with individuals from the Office of Safety, the Purchasing Office, and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to discuss incorporating Green Seal Products. Specifically, Facilities Services was interested in the Alpha HP product by Johnson Diversey (the first Green Seal Cleaning Product to be placed on NC State Contract), and the introduction of a new dispensing unit.

Once the various departments agreed to adopt these new products, Facilities Services supervisors were educated on the new dispensing units, product use, and MSDS green cleaning processes, and were able to voice any concerns. Training sessions for Facilities Services staff were also held to review the new dispensing units, the proper use of the Green Seal product, any safety issues, and the Healthy High Performance Green Cleaning Program. Follow-up meetings with supervisors were held to review concerns, mark progress and solve any problems.

This program has significantly reduced the amount of chemicals purchased that are not environmentally friendly. Facilities Services strives to purchase and use chemicals that are environmentally friendly, adhering to Green Seal standards whenever possible.

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 :
53,778.40 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning products :
86,246.48 US/Canadian $

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

Information from Thomas Everett, UNCG Facilities Services Assistant Manager and Ed Keller, UNCG Housing and Residence Life Facilities Director.




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