Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date June 18, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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:
Purchasing - the acquisition of goods and services on the best possible terms, has historically been based on two criteria, price and quality, with the view to maximizing benefits for the procuring organization. Sustainable, or “green” purchasing broadens this framework to ensure that quality criteria includes minimal adverse environmental and health impacts. In making a sustainable purchasing decision, the entire life cycle costs (financial, environmental, and social) of the product are taken into consideration. The life cycle takes into account extraction, production, manufacturing, distribution, operation, maintenance and disposal. Many “green” products are competitively priced with their conventional counterparts, are of comparable quality, and have one or more of the following attributes: •High Content from Post-Consumer Recycled Materials •Low Embodied Energy (consumed to extract, manufacture, distribute and dispose) •Recyclable •Non-toxic •Energy Efficient •Durable and/or Repairable •Produced in an Environmentally- and Socially-Sustainable Manner

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:
Clean facilities in an environmentally sound manner. Utilize Green Seal certified cleaning products throughout campus. Replace worn out vacuum cleaners with HEPA filter upright vacuums. Utilize microfiber cloths that can be laundered as needed. Handle indoor pests in an environmentally sound manner. Incorporate integrated pest management practices to deal with indoor pests.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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