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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.84 / 1.00 Erin Stanforth
Director of Sustainability
Facilities
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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:

RFP #: 4528661CM
2. Contractor Furnished Supplies: Page 101 of 130

(10) Trash receptacle liners – that are:
(a) Compostable; and
(b) Are brand name or equivalent to the following LEED EQ Credit 3.4-3.6 certified Heritage liners –product #:
(i) E4833VN;
(ii) E6040VN;
(iii) E8048VN; and

b. “Green” Supplies:
(1) Utilize only “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified supplies, if “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified“ supplies are commercially available:

2. Contractor Furnished Equipment:

a. Provide all equipment (other than the VCU furnished equipment); tools, etc., necessary to provide / perform the custodial services specified in subsection “IV-2.B.1.a.” through “IV-2.B.1.c.”

b. “Green” / “Energy Star” Rated Equipment:
(1) Utilize only “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified
/ “Energy Star” rated equipment, if “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified / “Energy Star” rated equipment is commercially available:
(a) The Contractor shall obtain prior approval from the
VCU Contract Administration Department, to utilize
equipment that is not “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” / “Energy Star” rated.

Tab 3.e Sustainability:
(1) Describe in detail, the overall environmental impact of your company’s proposed approach for providing / performing the “Custodial Services” specified in, and in response to,
this RFP; and include recommendations regarding how VCU can reduce the environmental impact and create efficiencies.

(2) Equipment:

(a) “Green Seal” - “Environmental Choice” certified /“Energy Star” Rated Equipment:
Identify the type of “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified / “Energy Star” rated equipment custodial equipment that your company typically utilizes to provide / perform “Custodial Services” specified in, and in response to, this RFP, to include, but not limited to:
(i) Carpet cleaning equipment; and
(ii) Floor cleaning equipment.

(b) Submit a list of equipment that will be dedicated for use at VCU, and indicate which items
are “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified / “Energy Star” rated.

(c) Identify how often your company replaces its floor care equipment.

(d) Identify where your company plans to “house” the equipment dedicated for use at VCU.

(3) Supplies:

(a) “Green Seal” / “Environmental Choice” certified Supplies:
Identify the type of “Green Seal” or “Environmental Choice” certified custodial supplies that your company typically utilizes to provide / perform “Custodial Services” specified in, and in response to, this RFP, to include, but not limited to:
(i) Cleaning supplies;
(ii) Bags for feminine hygiene receptacles;
(iii) Carpet extraction;
(iv) Floor finish;
(v) Paper towels;
(vi) Toilet paper;
(vii) Toilet seat liners; and
(viii) Trash receptacle liners.


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

The guidelines are in the Custodial Service Agreement that both of housekeeping service providers are required to adhere to. The guidelines state that if Green Seal or EcoLogo products are available, they must 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:
432,469.07 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
548,058.12 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?:
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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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