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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 65.19
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Louisville
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.57 / 1.00 Curtis Monroe
Asst Dir Purch/Materials Mgmt
Purchasing
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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:

Cleaning solvents should be biodegradable, phosphate free and citrus-based where their use will not compromise quality of service.
Industrial and institutional cleaning products that meet Green Seal certification standards or environmental preferability and performance shall be purchased and/or be required to be supplied by janitorial contractors.
All surfactants and detergents used shall be readily biodegradable and shall not contain phosphates.
Vacuum cleaners that meet the requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute “Green Label” Testing Program – Vacuum Cleaner Criteria, are capable of capturing 96% of particulates 0.3 microns in size, and operate with a sound level less than 70dBA shall be used by in-house staff and required for janitorial contractors.


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

All cleaning products are purchased via our central stock room and dispensed to Physical Plant. No other central cleaning products are purchased outside of this process.


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:
31,268 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
72,338 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:
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A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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:

Expenditures are based on Purchasing & Custodial data and does not include Housing contract cleaning services.

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.