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

Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Sarah Waddle
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2011
President's Letter Download

STARS v1.0

Earlham College
OP-11: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Stephen Powell
Director of Housekeeping
Housekeeping

Part 2:
In some instances, we have moved to "Blue Cleaning" (not using chemicals at all). Also, in some building we are using "Ionized Water".

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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase Green Seal (tm) or EcoLogo (tm) certified cleaning products?:
Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase Green Seal (tm) or ... (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:


Earlham College ensures that the purchasing guidelines are followed by including them in its contract with Aramark (Earlham's housekeeping company), which states: "All cleaning chemicals should meet GS 37.GS 40 or GS 42 guidelines or be clearly rated as an environmental friendly chemical by some independent rating agency. Paper goods should meet or exceed the EPA's standard for post-consumer waste. It is preferred that plastic bags and liners be biodegradable and be manufactured from recycled materials...Earlham College is committed to environmental responsibilty and it is expected that the successful contractior will use every available measure and technology to ensure the greening of our environment."


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

Expenditures on Green Seal and/or EcoLogo certified cleaning products :
5,245 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning products :
13,444 US/Canadian $

A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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