Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

York University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.92 / 1.00
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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:

York’s Custodial service has implemented a Green Cleaning Initiative. The Vert-2-Go product line from Wood Wyant is used for all cleaning on campus. All Vert-2-Go Sanitation products are certified EcoLogo, a program recognized for its holistic and stringent evaluation of the entire manufacturing process, and which combines strict environmental standards with an independent third-party audit. Products are shipped in a concentrated form and formulated on site prior to use with a safe and accurate product dispensing system.

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

In order to ensure that only EcoLogo certified products are purchased, all cleaning supply procurement follows York University’s procurement process. Through the procurement software, only Vert-2-Go products are available for purchase.

As well, quality assurance inspections are regular, to ensure the staff are using the products and chemicals correctly. The inspection process has recently been improved and digitized, and is moving to smart phone devices. A data bank of all quality assurance information is created over time. The web based system allows for quicker feedback for the grading of washrooms, and ensuring processes are followed.

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:
59,529 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
66,144 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:

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