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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Camosun College
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.70 / 1.00 Mike Nunn
Supervisor
Custodial Services
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase third party certified cleaning and janitorial products?:
Yes

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

Camosun's Supervisor of Custodial Services helped create the 'Camosun Green Cleaning Standard' and he is also responsible for overseeing all purchasing in this area. He makes sure that Camosun is choosing green cleaning products first when available and maintains close relationships with all suppliers.


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

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products:
9,542.71 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
15,820.99 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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:

Products are purchased in concentrated forms, recyclable packaging and using dispensing systems to ensure dilution ratios are accurate. Equipment is purchased with preference to energy efficiency and effectiveness. Regular service and service records ensure equipment is operating at optimal efficiency levels. Products are “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified. Handsoaps and cleaning products where possible should be non-aerosol, not contain bleach, triclosan, antibacterial agents and be fragrance free. Training to ensure staff are familiar with processes and possess the required knowledge to effectively perform their work while contributing to the College’s environmental and sustainability goals.


A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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The sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s green cleaning initiatives is available:
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Expenditures on Green Seal UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products was calculated by looking at Camosuns' top three suppliers sales records. One company was unable to provide comprehensive expenditure data and therefore, the expenditures are much lower than expected in total. We also did not include 'one-off' type purchases. We removed product types for which there are not certified alternatives.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.