BP11: Green Cleaning

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Official language

Implement green cleaning procedures that employ non-toxic cleaning products and practices (e.g. purchasing third-party certified products, reducing disposable products, analyzing options for day/team cleaning to reduce evening lighting and improve worker safety).

Implementation Requirements

BIT Building:

Implementation Requirements: Establish an inventory of cleaning products and materials approved for use in the building by cleaning providers. Optimize the use of those products that have environmentally-preferred attributes, such as:

  1. Products certified by:
    1. Green Seal Cleaning Products & Services
    2. EcoLogo
    3. EPA’s Safer Choice Program
    4. Other appropriate certifications that are nationally or regionally credible, such as those listed on the Global Ecolabelling Network.
  2. Recycled content

There is no requirement that 100% of products approved for use meet these criteria, though buildings should target green products and materials whenever possible, given product availability, potential benefit, and cost considerations.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Provide to employees a list of cleaning products approved for day-to-day use in the tenant space by tenant staff/employees (the occupants of the space) for personal and immediate cleaning needs.
  2. Management Engagement: formally request from property Ownership/Management a summary of all cleaning products in use in the tenant space (including all those used by building-level custodial service provider) and their performance vis a vis BIT sustainability criteria.

 

BIT Building:

  1. Eliminate the use of antimicrobial products, except where required by health codes and other regulations (e.g., food service and health care requirements).

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

BIT Building:

  1. Evaluate opportunities for energy and water consumption savings through janitorial processes, such as shifting to day/team cleaning, using cleaning staff to ensure lights are switched off, etc.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Management Engagement: formally request property Ownership/Management to evaluate opportunities for energy and water consumption savings through Janitorial processes, such as shifting to day/team cleaning, using cleaning staff to ensure lights are switched off, etc.

BIT Building:

  1. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize green cleaning goals and practices.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

BIT Building:

  1. Train janitorial staff on green cleaning goals and practices at least annually.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Communicate annually with occupants the list of cleaning products approved for day-to-day use.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • Standard operating procedures that include:
    • Green cleaning goals and practices.
    • Cleaning product and materials inventory, including a list of all products/materials approved for use in the building, and where applicable, the environmentally-preferred attribute(s).
    • Excerpt of green cleaning training materials.
    • A narrative describing any areas of your property that are not being cleaned according to the Green Cleaning Program requirements, with an explanation of the obstacles/challenges.

BIT for Tenants:

  • Inventory of cleaning products approved for day-to-day use in the tenant space by tenant staff/employees (the occupants of the space) for personal and immediate cleaning needs
  • Documentation of the communications piece by which cleaning information is communicated to the occupants
  • Provide Ownership/Management response to request for cleaning product summary
  • Provide Ownership/Management response to request for energy and water consumption savings through janitorial processes
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Implementation toolkit

Implement green cleaning procedures that employ non-toxic cleaning products and practices (e.g. purchasing third-party certified products, reducing disposable products, analyzing options for day/team cleaning to reduce evening lighting and improve worker safety).

Implementation Requirements

BIT Building:

Implementation Requirements: Establish an inventory of cleaning products and materials approved for use in the building by cleaning providers. Optimize the use of those products that have environmentally-preferred attributes, such as:

  1. Products certified by:
    1. Green Seal Cleaning Products & Services
    2. EcoLogo
    3. EPA’s Safer Choice Program
    4. Other appropriate certifications that are nationally or regionally credible, such as those listed on the Global Ecolabelling Network.
  2. Recycled content

There is no requirement that 100% of products approved for use meet these criteria, though buildings should target green products and materials whenever possible, given product availability, potential benefit, and cost considerations.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Provide to employees a list of cleaning products approved for day-to-day use in the tenant space by tenant staff/employees (the occupants of the space) for personal and immediate cleaning needs.
  2. Management Engagement: formally request from property Ownership/Management a summary of all cleaning products in use in the tenant space (including all those used by building-level custodial service provider) and their performance vis a vis BIT sustainability criteria.

 

BIT Building:

  1. Eliminate the use of antimicrobial products, except where required by health codes and other regulations (e.g., food service and health care requirements).

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

BIT Building:

  1. Evaluate opportunities for energy and water consumption savings through janitorial processes, such as shifting to day/team cleaning, using cleaning staff to ensure lights are switched off, etc.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Management Engagement: formally request property Ownership/Management to evaluate opportunities for energy and water consumption savings through Janitorial processes, such as shifting to day/team cleaning, using cleaning staff to ensure lights are switched off, etc.

BIT Building:

  1. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize green cleaning goals and practices.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

BIT Building:

  1. Train janitorial staff on green cleaning goals and practices at least annually.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Communicate annually with occupants the list of cleaning products approved for day-to-day use.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • Standard operating procedures that include:
    • Green cleaning goals and practices.
    • Cleaning product and materials inventory, including a list of all products/materials approved for use in the building, and where applicable, the environmentally-preferred attribute(s).
    • Excerpt of green cleaning training materials.
    • A narrative describing any areas of your property that are not being cleaned according to the Green Cleaning Program requirements, with an explanation of the obstacles/challenges.

BIT for Tenants:

  • Inventory of cleaning products approved for day-to-day use in the tenant space by tenant staff/employees (the occupants of the space) for personal and immediate cleaning needs
  • Documentation of the communications piece by which cleaning information is communicated to the occupants
  • Provide Ownership/Management response to request for cleaning product summary
  • Provide Ownership/Management response to request for energy and water consumption savings through janitorial processes

BIT User experts

Keith Schneringer

LEED® AP O+M, CIMS-GB ISSA Certification Expert

WAXIE Sanitary Supply
Director of Channel Marketing + Sustainability

Steve Ashkin

The Ashkin Group

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