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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
OP-13: Cleaning Products Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.46 / 1.00 Jim Coffey
Sr. Director, Support Services
Facilities & Campus Services
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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:

The Wake Forest University green cleaning initiative reduces environmental and human health risk across the campus core in the following ways:

-Cleaning for Health first and then for appearance
-Disposing of cleaning wastes in a environmentally responsible manner
-Increased worker safety and awareness
-Increased level of sanitation of building surfaces
-Responsible and proper removal of pollutants from the facility
-Reduction of chemical, particle and moisture residue
-Minimization of human exposure to pollutants.


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

The Facilities and Campus Services warehouse staff work closely with the procurement staff to maintain an inventory of Green Seal-certified products for the housekeeping staff.


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:
197,754.50 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial products:
697,497.31 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:

Although the university has not pursued a certified cleaning program, the "Demon Deacons Team Cleaning" approach focuses on the health of the building occupants and the cleaning staff as well as the reduced impact the products and procedures have on the indoor and outdoor environment. Environmentally preferable cleaning strategies, procedures, training, and purchasing guidelines for consumables, tools and equipment are all part of responsible cleaning.

The low-impact team cleaning process is employed in all academic and administrative buildings on campus. However, even in the Residence Halls where the Team Cleaning approach is not well suited, we have incorporated the use of Green Seal-certified paper products and cleaning chemicals.


A copy of the sections of the cleaning contract(s) that reference certified green products:
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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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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.