Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.64
Liaison Kelsey Smith
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.76 / 1.00 Ronda Marr
Purchasing Manager
Business and Finance
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase third party certified cleaning and janitorial products?:
Yes

A copy of the green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:
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The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

Biodegradable Products

Pacific is committed to reducing risks to health, safety, and the environment by using biodegradable purchasing practices, including, but not limited to:
a.Refraining from procurement of cleaning or disinfecting products (i.e. for janitorial or automotive use) containing carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens. Chemicals to avoid are listed by the U.S. EPA or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
b.Phase out of chlorofluorocarbon-containing refrigerants, solvents and similar products.
c.Procurement of readily biodegradable surfactants and detergents that do not contain phosphates.


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

Pacific's commitment to sustainable operations is clearly stated on its website, clearly communicated by the Facilities Director to all facilities staff, and clearly communicated by the Custodial Manager to all custodial staff.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products)?:
Yes

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products:
123,686 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
181,013 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?:
Yes

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

Biodegradable Products

Pacific is committed to reducing risks to health, safety, and the environment by using biodegradable purchasing practices, including, but not limited to:
a.Refraining from procurement of cleaning or disinfecting products (i.e. for janitorial or automotive use) containing carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens. Chemicals to avoid are listed by the U.S. EPA or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
b.Phase out of chlorofluorocarbon-containing refrigerants, solvents and similar products.
c.Procurement of readily biodegradable surfactants and detergents that do not contain phosphates


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

Biodegradable Products

Pacific is committed to reducing risks to health, safety, and the environment by using biodegradable purchasing practices, including, but not limited to:
a.Refraining from procurement of cleaning or disinfecting products (i.e. for janitorial or automotive use) containing carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens. Chemicals to avoid are listed by the U.S. EPA or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
b.Phase out of chlorofluorocarbon-containing refrigerants, solvents and similar products.
c.Procurement of readily biodegradable surfactants and detergents that do not contain phosphates


The website URL where information about the institution’s green cleaning initiatives is available:

$40,000 per year is currently spent on cleaning products, narrowly defined as chemicals, soaps, and similar. Beyond that narrrowly defined set of purchases, Pacific also makes substantial purchases of other custodial supplies such as paper products and plastic waste can liners. To purchase that broader group of custodial supplies, Pacific currently spends just under $181,000 per year.

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