Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.29
Liaison Lisa Noriega
Submission Date June 29, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Yale University
OP-11: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.73 / 2.00 Keri Enright-Kato
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase Green Seal (tm) or EcoLogo (tm) certified cleaning products?:
Yes

The website URL where the green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines are posted:
A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed:

A Green Cleaning Committee was established to determine, and guide the implementation of, best practices for institutional cleaning. The committee meets monthly and is comprised of individuals from: Yale Custodial Services; environmental Health & Safety; the Office of Sustainability; Recycling; and Materials Management - Facilities. Four subcommittees have been formed to review and make recommendations on: Training and Procedures; Purchasing; Testing; and Outreach and Education.

Yale Custodial Services is committed to a process of continual investigation into products, equipment, tools and procedures that are safe for our environment and health. The purpose of these standards are to: 1) limit faculty, staff, student and visitor exposure to toxic chemicals high in irritants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs); 2) protect the natural environment from hazardous chemical contaminants; 3) reduce energy and water use during the cleaning process. These standards will be reevaluated on an annual basis in order to keep current with industry standards, new technology and an evolving market of new products


Does the institution wish to pursue points for Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on cleaning products)?:
Yes

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or EcoLogo certified cleaning products :
26,630 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning products :
173,128 US/Canadian $

A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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Of Yale's total purchased cleaning product 48% are either "Green Seal Certified" or when unavailable are "Environmentally Preferable"

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