Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.99
Liaison Eric Meliton
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Heather Matlashewski
Senior Area Manager: Custodial Services
Physical Resources
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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:

Laurier has a mandate to purchase EcoLogo or Green Seal certified products where ever possible. Most products we use are Green Certified and testing was performed to ensure they meet or exceed conventional products.

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

All hygiene products to be approved by management, and are then added to the approved products list for the University. Products not on the approved list are not allowed to be purchased, or brought into our facility.
Closets are checked throughout the year to ensure only approved products are stored/used there. Also, all purchases are checked by the area managers on a monthly basis to ensure no other products have been purchased.
Laurier's distributor, Wood Wyant, is not allowed to substitute any products in the case of back orders. Only Green certified products are considered when moving forward with new products.
Laurier also uses Diversey's Healthy High Performance program's. Product audit forms, and Building Audit forms to check products and procedures as well.

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:
93,030.34 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
93,505.42 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:

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:

All cleaning products used are Green Seal or EcoLogo certified, except the acid toilet bowl cleaner.

Cleaning expenditures include cleaning solutions and products only, not cleaning hardware and paraphernalia. Total expenditures on cleaning products including tools/paraphernalia for 2012 is $325826.34. This includes items such as brooms, cleaning cloths, cleaning dispensers etc.

The attached cleaning supply inventory is a full list of all cleaners used by our product supplier, Wood Wyant. All products are either Ecologo or Green Seal certified, with the exception of the acid bowl cleaner which is not included on this list. There is no formal contract available specifying the use of these specific products, but this company was chosen to be the new supplier for Laurier based on the condition that they use environmentally friendly products.

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