Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 1.00 Judy Blankenship
Building Services Manager
Dept of Facilities Management
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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:

Western Kentucky’s Green Cleaning Program was implemented in Fall 2005. With the initial implementation, we removed numerous cleaning products (non “Green”) and replaced them with our core cleaning products: Glass cleaner, neutral cleaner, and disinfectant (EPA Approved). All cleaning products are purchased weekly to reduce amounts being stored on campus.In addition to the above products being used in all WKU facilities, we believe that implementing every opportunity to promote improved health and safety for our WKU campus community, all paper products (toilet paper and hand towels) and hand soap in restrooms, kitchens and labs are also “Green Certified”.

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

All Building Services Team members receive new hire training for proper use of all chemicals, as well as proper use of all equipment and cleaning procedures. In addition, we use Method of the Week training which provides refresher trainings on various processes and procedures required in their daily cleaning tasks, including refresher training on our cleaning processes and chemical use /safety.

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:
415,351.98 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
509,724.66 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:

The WKU Green Cleaning program includes use of Green Seal certified cleaning products, proper training for custodial staff in safe and effective use of products, equipment that reduces use of chemicals, waste, and energy use, and products that minimize waste such as biodegrade trash bags and recycled content paper.
See more about this program and products in use here:

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:

These are not contract sections, just total expenditures.

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

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