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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 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.96 / 1.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

The following website has our commitment to use only environmentally friendly cleaning products campus wide: http://uwo.ca/fm/initiatives/improvements.html#washing

Purchasing Practices at Western: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/mapp/section2/mapp28.pdf


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

The Caretaking Services Department is currently purchasing Enviro-Solutions cleaning products for use in operations. As of September 2010, Western has converted all chemicals across campus to EnviroSolutions (sourced from Peterborough, ON - roughly 190 miles away from London).


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:
166,535.95 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
175,301 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s low-impact, ecological cleaning program:

Western currently uses Enviro-Solutions cleaning products which are safer for the workplace and the natural environment. Their products are typically Green Seal certified and sport the Ecologo, an official mark licensed with Environment Canada.

Benefits of this using 'green' cleaner:
- It is readily biodegradable
- Made from naturally derived renewable resources
- Has low human impact and aquatic toxicity.
- Products are concentrated formulas, using less packaging materials for easier transportation
- Smaller containers also conserve space in storage closets and are easier to lift


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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