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RESOURCES

Presentations - Materials from NC Project Green Green Cleaning Meeting
Green Cleaning 101- Rachel Eckert and Claudia Powell, N.C. DPPEA

NC State Contract Green Seal Products

Green Cleaning Case Study - Ada Baldwin, UNC Greensboro

Policies
City of Durham EPP Policy
Durham's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing policy.

Mecklenburg County’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide

Tools
Federal Green Procurement
The federal government has updated its green purchasing site. It includes standards for beverage vending machines and Energy Star standards for TVs. The site includes lessons learned and guidance documents.

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
An environmental procurement tool designed to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebook computers and monitors based on their environmental attributes. At the same time it helps manufacturers promote environmentally preferable products. EPEAT was developed through a grant from EPA, managed by the Green Electronics Council and many popular manufacturers are participating, including Apple, Dell, HP, Panasonic, Phillips, Sony, Toshiba and many others.

New York’s Green Cleaning Program - Its purpose is to offer facility managers, school administrators, educators, parents and citizens a wealth of free information and tools to promote adoption of effective green cleaning practices, leading to healthier indoor environments. Program Toolkit.

Green Clean Schools - A national partnership to green America’s schools. The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools.

Cleaning for Healthy Schools Toolkit – how to introduce green cleaning products to your school.

5 Steps to Green Purchasing for State Agencies
Information for state government green purchasing including information about buying through the state term contracts, and green purchasing online at at local supply stores.

Product Databases
Vendor Library
A vendor library listing companies that offer all types of environmental services. NC Project Green does not recommend or endorse the services or products of any particular company listed in the library.

Green Product Compilation
Created by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, this is a compilation of the products for which EPA, DOE and USDA have provided environmental or energy attribute recommendations. Product and services specifiers and contracting officials can find all of the designated products in an easy to use series of spreadsheets.

EPA's Environmental Preferable Purchasing Guides
Green purchasing guides and product or service specific guides.

The Responsible Purchasing Network has a purchasing guide on green cleaners that is available to the public. It covers the environmental costs of traditional cleaners, best practices for integrating environmentally preferable cleaners, outlines standards (EcoLogo, Green Seal, etc.), and includes several sample specifications and a product database. The PDF link to download a copy can be found here: http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/purchasing_guides/cleaners/.

References
NC State Term Contract 435A for Janitorial Cleaners, Environmental Cleaners and Odor Counteractants
This state term contract offers Green Seal certified cleaning products.

State and Local Government Purchasing Model Program Plan, A Guide for Energy Efficiency Program Administrators
A great resource for government procurement professionals to educate them on how to yield energy savings through their purchasing decision, ultimately saving money for their department.

Sustainability: Balance, with a competitive edge
Presentation discusses green purchasing initiatives, including the top 10 things you can do to start green purchasing in your office, as well as green product and recycling convenience contracts on STC.

The Ashkin Group - green cleaning resources for building managers and owners and information about meeting LEED certification requirements.

Leed 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System, green cleaning policy is a minimal requirement of the program and six possible points for green cleaning.

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