BP11: Green Cleaning

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Eliminate the use of antimicrobial products, except where required by health codes and other regulations (e.g., food service and health care requirements). 
  3. 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.
  4. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize green cleaning goals and practices.
  5. Train janitorial staff on green cleaning goals and practices at least annually.

Submittal Requirements

  • 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.
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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

  1. 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.
  2. Eliminate the use of antimicrobial products, except where required by health codes and other regulations (e.g., food service and health care requirements). 
  3. 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.
  4. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize green cleaning goals and practices.
  5. Train janitorial staff on green cleaning goals and practices at least annually.

Submittal Requirements

  • 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 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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