|Submission Date||Oct. 6, 2014|
Institution has an institution-wide stated preference to purchase cleaning and janitorial products that are Green Seal™ or UL Environment (EcoLogo)™ certified and/or meet similar multi-criteria sustainability standards for cleaning and janitorial products. This can take the form of purchasing policies, guidelines, or directives.
Policies and directives adopted by entities of which the institution is part (e.g. government or the university system) may count for this credit as long as the policies apply to and are followed by the institution.
Institution’s main cleaning or housekeeping department(s) and/or contractor(s) purchase Green Seal or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products.
Cleaning and janitorial products include, at minimum:
This credit applies to all institutions.
Each part is scored independently.
0.25 points are awarded for Part 1 for having an institution-wide stated preference to purchase cleaning and janitorial products that are Green Seal or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified and/or meet similar multi-criteria sustainability standards for cleaning and janitorial products. Partial points are not available.
Institutions earn the maximum of 0.75 points available for Part 2 by purchasing exclusively Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products. Incremental points are awarded based on the percentage of purchased products that are certified. For example, if 50 percent of cleaning product expenditures were on Green Seal certified products, an institution would earn 0.375 points (half of the points available for this credit).
See scoring table and example in the STARS Technical Manual.
Report on current policies, directives, or guidelines.
Report the most recent data available.
Report on purchasing policies, directives, or guidelines that apply to the entire institution.
Include purchases made by all major housekeeping or cleaning departments, including outsourced or contracted service providers. Expenditures on products for which no third party certified alternatives are available may be excluded.
Institutions may track purchases over a one-year time period or take a representative sample to determine the percentage of expenditures on cleaning products that are certified green. When using a sample, institutions should strive to ensure that the sample recognizes seasonal and other variations that influence purchasing behavior.