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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 Gold
Overall Score 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
IN-8: Certified Green Cleaning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Chuck Morgan
Asst Dir/Cust/Lndscpe
Facilities Management, Resource Management & Planning
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Under which of the following is the institution’s green cleaning program certified?:
Yes or No
Green Seal’s Environmental Standard for Commercial Cleaning Services (GS-42) No
The International Sanitary Supply Association’s (ISSA’s) Cleaning Industry Management Standard for Green Buildings (CIMS-GB) No
An equivalent third party certification program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of the institution’s certified green cleaning program, including the year adopted and/or certified:

While our institutional cleaning program is not yet green cleaning certified, UC San Diego does prioritize purchasing of the following third-party certifications and ratings:
GREENGUARD®, Green Seal®, UL ECOLOGO, and EPA Design for the Environment Program's Safer Choice.

Parts of campus service by WAXIE, such as Recreation/Sports Facilities, already follow WAXIE's Green Cleaning program. WAXIE's Green Cleaning program was developed in consultation with UL ECOLOGO and Green Seal. In addition to using products with those certifications, WAXIE custodial staff adhere to strict, regimented practices for everything they do, from cleaning a mirror to stripping the finish off the floor. And RIMAC building occupants also doing certain behaviors that help the program be most effective: www.waxiegreen.com.

As part of the process of obtaining a LEED O+M Master Site, UC San Diego is in the process of drafting a Green Cleaning Policy (GCP) in accordance with LEED v.4 standards with the intent of promoting better indoor environmental quality and fostering a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable work environment at the buildings located on the main La Jolla campus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The policy, coming in 2018, will focus on:

-Hard floor/carpet cleaning maintenance
-Protection of occupants during cleaning
-Selection and use of disinfectant and sanitizer
-Spill management and safe storage/handling of cleaning chemicals
-Reducing chemical toxicity for laundry, ware washing & other cleaning activities
-Conserving energy, water & chemicals during cleaning
-Promoting hand hygiene
-Tracking staffing and overall performance
-Tracking usage of water, energy, and toxic chemicals
-Tracking purchases of cleaning products and equipment
-Staff training and responsibilities

The new policy will include:

4.1. Ensure that 80% of all cleaning products, by cost, meet LEED sustainably criteria, and maintain an 80% or greater threshold when purchasing cleaning products for in the future. Reduce the exposure of building staff and occupants to potentially hazardous chemical, biological, and particle contamination

4.2. Ensure that 40% (or greater) of all cleaning equipment, by number of units, meet LEED criterion for green cleaning equipment. For existing equipment that does not meet the criteria, develop a phase-out plan for its replacement with environmentally preferable products at the end of its useful life.

4.3. Strive to follow the operating procedures that have been established for hard floor and carpet maintenance while being aware of the varying health related sensitivities of all employees. (Hardwood floor maintenance in SF should be noted).

4.4. Select strategies to promote and improve hand hygiene.

4.5. Administer annual staff training workshops for the proper storage, handling and use of cleaning products and equipment. Furthermore, all new employees handling cleaning products and equipment must be provided training before performing duties.

4.6. Promote current method for occupants to express their opinions through Work Service Centers, Customer Relations Help Desk, and Customer Service Desks on the effectiveness of janitorial duties. Changes should be made as necessary to maintain a level of comfort for all occupants. Track success by number of suggestions.

4.7. Select strategies to reduce the effects that cleaning has on energy and water usage and the introduction of toxic chemicals in to the building.

4.8. Select and appropriately use disinfectants and sanitizers to reduce levels of chemical, biological, and particulate contamination in the building.

4.9. Develop and implement a contingency plan to manage staffing shortages under a variety of conditions to ensure that basic cleaning services are met and critical cleaning needs are addressed. Include a process to obtain occupant and custodial staff input and feedback after contingency plans are implemented.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Recreation/Sports Facilities contacts: Rich Mylin and Michelle Palmer
LEED O+M Master Site: Dave Weil

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.