Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Victoria
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.89 / 1.00 Lawrence Lu
Manager, Janitorial Services
FMGT Janitorial Services
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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:

UVic's Janitorial and Housekeeping services use only Green Seal approved "Diversity" products for all regular daily cleaning in student residences, offices, classroom buildings and other public spaces, including washrooms. Other products are used for periodic cleaning such as carpet cleaning, and for tougher stain and graffitti removal, are the least toxic possible, but not certified under a green certification program.


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

UVic's Janitorial and Housekeeping Services purchase only Green Seal approved "Diversity" products for all regular daily cleaning in student residences, offices, classroom buildings and other public spaces, including washrooms as per our agreement with a local supplier of cleaning products. Other products are used for periodic cleaning such as carpet cleaning, and for tougher stain and graffitti removal, are the least toxic possible, but not certified under a green certification program. Purchasing is confined to the supervisor who purchases only the agreed to standard cleaning products.


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:
204,264 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
238,672 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?:
No

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

UVic's Janitorial and Housekeeping Services purchase only Green Seal approved "Diversity" products for all regular daily cleaning in student residences, offices, classroom buildings and other public spaces, including washrooms as per our agreement with a local supplier of cleaning products. Other products are used for periodic cleaning such as carpet cleaning, and for tougher stain and graffitti removal, are the least toxic possible, but not certified under a green certification program. Purchasing is confined to the supervisor who purchases only the agreed to standard cleaning products.


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:

Section 3 "Supplier Responsbilities", part f) includes a clause that states, "Work with UVic in replacing non-green products with Green Seal or EcloLogo Certified products which meets or exceeds the non-green product's functional requirements and are financially reasonable."
Appendix C "Evaluation Criteria Matrix" under Corporate Responsibility is a reference to "Quality, availability and variety of green products that support UVic sustainability goals."


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

UVic's Janitorial and Housekeeping Services purchase only Green Seal approved "Diversity" products for all regular daily cleaning in student residences, offices, classroom buildings and other public spaces, including washrooms as per our agreement with a local supplier of cleaning products. Other products are used for periodic cleaning such as carpet cleaning, and for tougher stain and graffitti removal, are the least toxic possible, but not certified under a green certification program. Purchasing is confined to the supervisor who purchases only the agreed to standard cleaning products. See: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/operations/buildings/index.php.

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