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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.04 / 1.00 Jeff Severin
Director
KU Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase third party certified cleaning and janitorial products?:
No

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

Although there is no institution-wide commitment, there is a departmental-level preference for green cleaning products. Athletic and Memorial Unions have transitioned or are transitioning to green cleaning practices, and Facilities Services looks for green options when purchasing supplies and materials.


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:
34,399.45 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
733,229.21 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?:
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A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:
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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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Certified purchases include only those products purchased through Staples. Reports from other vendors were not available at the time of this submission. Total spend on janitorial supplies is included, regardless of vendor.

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.