Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.86
Liaison Joseph Wasylycia-Leis
Submission Date March 3, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Winnipeg
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 1.00 Alana Lajoie-O'Malley
Campus Sustainability
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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:

Our Land Use Planning Policy commits the University to the following:

"Consistent with its fiscal resources, adopt the use of cleaning agents, paints, polishes, pest management techniques, and any other products required for maintenance of buildings, facilities and grounds that represent the least toxic, most environmentally sensitive choices available. "

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

Specifications related to the purchase of green cleaning products are included in the University's cleaning contract. An inventory of cleaning products used on campus is provided to the Campus Sustainability Office monthly and entered into a tracking spreadsheet. This process ensures ongoing improvement in product selection. Data on proportion of third party certified products is then compiled for inclusion in the annual Campus Sustainability Performance Report.

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:
89,716 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
122,163 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:

see below.

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:

Key sections:

a. All products used on campus will be approved by the Director of Physical Plant.
b. Detailed Green Cleaning Products specifications are identified in Section 1.6.2 Sustainable Development of the Request for Proposal Document.
c. The University is committed to using green sustainable products on campus. The successful Bidder will ensure all day-to-day cleaning products are green, sustainable products.
d. From time to time the use of non-Green sustainable products may be required to deal with a specific cleaning need. The use of any non-green sustainable products must approved by the Director of Physical Plant.

a. The successful Bidder will be responsible for keeping an inventory of all cleaning supplies, products and equipment used on University property. A quarterly report will be provided to the Director of Physical Plant on all supplies, products and equipment brought onto University property.
b. A log shall be kept for all powered cleaning equipment to document the date of purchase and all repair and maintenance activities. Vendor cut sheets for all equipment used onsite shall be stored onsite. When cleaning equipment replacement is necessary, acquisition dates and supporting documentation shall be retained to demonstrate that all newly acquired equipment complies with the specifications. An equipment list will be developed and updated quarterly to ensure compliance with equipment specifications.
c. Over the term of the contract, the University will want to report on our cleaning program and how we have achieved LEED cleaning standards. The attached appendix is example of the reporting requirements to achieve the LEED cleaning standard.

i. The University has a variety of different types of containers for recycling, compost and garbage collection.
ii. There are two types of containers, some are multi-stream and some are single stream.
iii. The proper bags will be placed in the proper bin (i.e. compost bags in compost bin).
iv. The containers will be emptied as required or in accordance with the following:
1. Higher traffic (cafeterias, etc) areas may need to be emptied multiple times per day. The evening shift will ensure all containers in high traffic areas are empty for morning rush.
2. Common areas daily, including but not limited to hallways, reception areas, and open office areas.
3. Individual office bins will be emptied weekly when the office is being cleaned. If the occupant leaves their bins in the hallway, these are to be emptied.

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

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