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University Executive Order 13 spells out the University's committment and directive regarding all activites associated with sustainability. The University of Washington will strive to be a model of environmental stewardship and sustainability by identifying and supporting efficient, cost-effective, sustainable practices in all its operations (which extends to the selection of cleaning products and other goods and services.) See more at: http://f2.washington.edu/ess/executive-order#sthash.keFpRDhB.dpuf
Procurement Services ensures that consideration is given to selecting and sourcing environmentally safe cleaning products and suppliers are required to provide certifications supporting product claims.
The University Procurement Services Department provides oversight and guidance to campus departments regarding purchasing decisions, processes and policies. The department promotes sustainability at the desk level and with suppliers. Contracts include sustainability considerations, depending on the product or servce and suppliers are evaluated based on their ability to ensure the promote the University's green initiatives. Solicitations incorporate language that enables the buying staff the ability to assess suppliers committment to sustainability both at a corporate level and at a product level. Suppliers are required to identify and promote products that meet or exceed environmental standards. Through campus forums, departmental outreach meetings and daily interaction with faculty, staff and students, the procurement service staff encourage and promote the benefits of purchasing green or environmentally responsible products. The policy and guidelines are published at: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/
There is the easy to use eProcurement web-portal, which makes it easy to by the correct green products.
There is the "How to buy guide", which gives a lot of guidelines on how to and what to buy.
Custodial Services has replaced many standard practices with low-impact, safe cleaning products and practices: See more information at:
http://www.washington.edu/facilities/building/custodial/files/documents/services_brochure_11.pdf University has implemented a low-impact sustainable
Note: brushes, brooms and containers for recycling and composting, which not specifically "green" are a component of the overall spend and impact the overall percentage of Green Cleaning products.
American School and University named UW Building Services Department as the recipient of the The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities 2014 Higher Education Grand Award!
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