|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2015|
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
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:
Larger implementation of green cleaning practices and reduction of harmful chemicals in routine and periodic cleaning.
Investment into microfiber cleaning tools (cloths/mops). Replace multiple cleaning chemicals with safer, less hazardous chemicals. Replace floor stripping/refinishing practices with scrub/recoat cycles where possible to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Have switched from standard general cleaners to a H2O2 based product which will be used in approximately 80% of all cleaning operations. Have begun changing to less aggressive floor processes, but due to past practices, floor stripper is still occasionally employed for older finish.
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 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:
Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
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:
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:
Information from Thomas Everett, UNCG Facilities Services Assistant Manager and Ed Keller, UNCG Housing and Residence Life Facilities Director.