Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.88
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date April 30, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Austin
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.91 / 1.00
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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 (OS1) Green Certified Program Award is presented to facilities that have submitted to a ManageMen Progress Audit and earned at least an 80% score or higher. A facility that earns this award is successfully managing their (OS1) Program. This means that, at this level, an (OS1) Organization is reducing environmental risk and the probability of unwanted effects. Specifically, (OS1) Green Certified Programs can demonstrate the following:
• Cleaning for Health first and then for appearance
• Disposing of cleaning wastes in a environmentally responsible manner
• Increased worker safety and awareness
• Increased level of sanitation of building surfaces
• Responsible and proper removal of pollutants from the facility
• Reduction of chemical, particle and moisture residue
• Minimization of human exposure to pollutants

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

Also see: http://www.managemen.com/green
(OS1) is a comprehensive high performance cleaning system. It employs in-depth training based on standardized tools and procedures. The process is workloaded to teams and each worker is trained and certified on specialized tasks. Workers are 'kitted' with specific tools and chemicals for each job function, which have been benchmarked as the best practice by the (OS1) Users. This simplification of the cleaning process results in a safer, healthier and easier working environment.
(OS1) is a results-based process. Many cleaning operations do not have the capability to track data. The (OS1) process of gathering and tracking tangible data, hands-on training and accurate workloading transforms cleaning operations into precision machines.

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:
113,461.92 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
128,215.84 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:

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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