Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.77
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Western Colorado University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.65 / 1.00 Ashley Woolman
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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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:

(see uploaded copy)

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

The Sustainable Action Committee enacted an environmentally preferable purchasing policy for the University several years ago. The custodial manager is in charge of selecting products and vendors that align with our green cleaning policy and environmentally preferable purchasing policy.

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:
32,354.01 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
60,613.46 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 custodial department has a "green cleaning program" that is in line with Colorado's Greening Government initiatives. They currently purchase several Green Seal cleaning products and try to use low impact cleaning procedures. They also purchase paper products with recycled content and trash bags with recycled content. All vacuums use HEPA filtration systems.

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:

While we don't have a contract that references certified green products, here is a list of some of the major green products we purchase:
GS-Window Clean, GS-Neutral Floor Cleaner, GS-Extra Strength Cleaner, Green Certified Foaming Hand Soap, Green Certified Hair/Body Wash, BW 45900 GS 8x800 Natural White Univ Roll Towel, BW 10029 Ecosoft Green Seal Univ Tissue 2-Ply 12x1000ft

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