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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.

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Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:
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The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

Colgate's Environmental Services Department uses cleaning products that are Green Seal certified to meet or exceed GS-37 and GS-42 standards. We also have floor and hand held machines which use ionized water to clean surfaces which have also been independently evaluated in their effectiveness. These products and practices provide a sanitary environment for our faculty, staff, and students while providing for a safer work environment for our employees.


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

Purchasing Green Seal cleaning products is the only option made available through out purchasing contracts and vendors.


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:
38,400 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
38,400 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?:
Yes

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

We are committed to Green Seal’s Environmental Standard for Commercial Cleaning Services (GS-42).


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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