University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Green Cleaning Program receives award from OMB

The North Dakota Office of Management and Budget, State Procurement Office, is pleased to present the 2012 North Dakota Excellence in Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Award to the University of North Dakota’s Green Cleaning Program.

UND’s Green Cleaning Program policy is to reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological, and particulate contaminates, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems, and the environment. The policy also intends to inform and educate building users.  The Green Cleaning Program chooses cleaning methods and equipment that improve the health of building; and that means more than just substituting for chemicals.  Methods include preventing soil from entering the building, using efficient cleaning methods that dramatically minimize chemical use, using efficient product dilution control systems, contributing to indoor air quality by selecting high-filtration vacuum systems, and minimizing waste by utilizing reusable microfiber towels.  Additionally, all products are compatible with cold water cleaning which reduces the need to heat the water.   All containers are recyclable and are disposed of following the guidelines of the UND Recycling Program.

The cleaning products used in UND’s Green Cleaning Program are certified by Green Seal (an independent, non-profit certification program), which has become the leading eco-label for the U.S. cleaning industry.  The Green Cleaning Program only uses Green Seal recommended paper products, including hand towels, toilet paper, and tissues that are unbleached or bleached in an environmentally preferred way, have a high recycled content, and have less packaging.  The Green Cleaning Program also uses efficient toilet paper and hand towel dispensers that minimize waste.

About the Award:
The State of North Dakota is a large consumer of goods and services.  Our purchases have an environmental impact resulting from the combined effect of a product’s manufacture, use, and disposal.  Innovative state employees, agencies, and institutions can lead the way in helping the State conserve natural resources and protect the environment.  Their actions deserve recognition.

The State of North Dakota sought applications from any state agency, institution, or employee who has ideas for greening state contracts or purchasing environmentally preferable or biobased products that can achieve measurable results.  Award nominations were due Oct. 1, 2012.

-- Larry Zitzow, Director, Facilities Management