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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.92 / 1.00 Alicia LaVaute
Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist
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:
The green cleaning product purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines:

Custodial Services is committed to cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. We seek to achieve this objective by using environmentally friendly chemicals, processes, and equipment that aid in protecting the environment as well as the health and safety of our employees, customers, and visitors to the campus buildings where we clean.

General principles of environmental stewardship for cleaning
In the development of our cleaning policies and processes, we are guided by the following principles.
1. Clean for health first and appearance second.
2. Minimize human exposure to contaminants and cleaning products.
3. Recognize cleaning as an environmental health benefit.
4. Commit to occupational development of cleaning personnel.
5. Communicate the value of healthy buildings.
6. Minimize chemical, particle and moisture residue when cleaning.
7. Ensure worker and occupant safety.
8. Contain and reduce all pollutants entering the building.
9. Dispose of cleaning products in environmentally safe ways.
10. Establish and document routine maintenance schedules.

Green cleaning policy:
To reduce levels of chemical, biological, and particulate contaminants, which can compromise human health, building finishes and systems, and the environment, by implementing effective cleaning procedures.


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

Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products and Supplies
Third party certification for routinely used cleaning chemicals
• All routinely used cleaning chemicals (including general purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners and carpet cleaners but not including disinfectant cleaners) shall be certified by either Green Seal or Design for the Environment (DfE) as environmentally preferable cleaning products for institutional use. Disinfectant cleaners will be used only where necessary on surfaces where pathogens can collect and breed such as in restrooms or for cleanups of bloodborne pathogens. Hypochlorites (bleach) will not be used except for certain cleanups of bloodborne pathogens and for certain instances of mold remediation where other products cannot be used.


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:
302,398.89 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
340,288.23 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:
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