Green Cleaning Policy


It is the goal of Facilities Management to promote a clean and healthy campus while continuing to support environmental stewardship and sustainability.

This policy documents Facilities Management’s commitment to reduce the exposure of building occupants to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely affect air quality, human health, and the environment.


Cleaning chemicals

In accordance with Green Seal standards, dispensing units that regulate chemical concentrates will be used for dilution control.  Currently, Hillyard Arsenal Jr dispensers are in use.

Purpose Standard Current Product(s)
General  purpose cleaners

Hydrogen peroxide based Green Seal certified (GS-37)

multi-surface cleaner

Hillyard 33 - Suprox
Glass Cleaner Non-ammoniated cleaner for glass, stainless steel and chrome fixtures


Shaklee – H2

Restroom Cleaner Green Seal Certified (GS-37) Hillyard 29 – Green Select Restroom cleaner
Disinfectants The use of disinfectants is minimized and used on as needed at primary points of contact (bathroom sinks and toilets)

Hillyard32 – Suprox D – hydrogen peroxide based

Shaklee – Basic G

If a non-green chemical is used for an isolated issue, its use is limited and tracked.

Facilities Management will continue to test environmentally preferred products from a variety of vendors to become a cleaner and more sustainable campus.

Floor care systems

Purpose Standard Current Product(s)
General floor cleaning Green Seal Certified      (GS-37) Hillyard 8 – Super Shine-all
Carpet cleaning Hillyard 18 – Neutralizer
Floor Stripping Green Seal Certified       (GS-40) Hillyard Green Select Stripper
Floor finish Green Seal Certified      (GS-40) Hillyard EP-22 Zinc free floor finish

When possible the floor is top scrubbed and recoated with wax in lieu of stripping, using far less chemicals.

A written floor maintenance plan and log will be kept that details the number of coats of floor finish applied, along with relevant maintenance and restoration practices and the dates of these activities.

Other Products         

Purpose Standard Current Product(s)
Toilet Paper 100% recycled EcoSoft 2ply jumbo rolls
Paper Towels 100% recycled – no bleaching Coromatic GP291
Can liners 70% post-consumer content GreenCore
Washing hands

Green Seal Certified

Envirologix packaging, less plastic, recyclable

Hillyard  Affinity Green Select Foaming hand soap
Public showers Envirologix packaging, less plastic, recyclable Hillyard Affinity Foaming Hair and Body Wash
Hand sanitizing Envirologix packaging, less plastic, recyclable Hillyard Affinity Foam Hand Sanitizer
Laundering mops and rags Bio-degradable, non-toxic and phosphate free BioKleen BKP1204 liquid laundry soap

Files for MSDS sheets are regularly maintained and available for access by custodial employees

Mops and cleaning rags are laundered to minimize waste, Microfiber rags are used where applicable.

High velocity hand dryers are being installed throughout campus as appropriate; to further eliminate cost and was of paper towels.


As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Kalamazoo College has established an Energy Star purchasing policy. All energy consuming equipment purchased by the College, including cleaning equipment, is required to be Energy Star certified.

Auto scrubbers that use electrolyzed water as a cleaning agent in lieu of chemicals are currently being used successfully in Hicks Student Center and Upjohn Library.  It is required that this technology be a campus standard for future purchases of auto scrubbers.

Vacuum cleaners are required to have a seal of approval by The Carpet and Rug Institute. They shall operate at a maximum sound level of 69dBA.

Battery powered equipment will be equipped with environmentally friendly gel batteries when applicable.

Training and Personnel

Newly hired custodians will receive 16 hours of training in green cleaning techniques and requirements. Existing employees will participate in an 8 hour refresher training session on an annual basis.  Training will include familiarization with and review of this policy, classroom review, computer-based training and assessment along with hands-on technique assessments.  Topics will include: the benefits of going green; green cleaning basics; proper and safe equipment; Right to Know (MSDS) requirements.  Practical procedures include what to use where, when, and why, and various cleaning methods.

Custodian – Custodians are knowledgeable of and responsible for the hands-on implementation of the departments green cleaning policy.  They will utilize the prescribe equipment, materials and chemicals to insure proper completion of cleaning and assigned duties.

Custodial Coordinator – Custodial Coordinators are knowledgeable of and responsible for overseeing the departments green cleaning policy.  Coordinators will train and correct custodians as needed chemical usage, proper equipment use and maintenance.  Coordinators will follow up with assigned duties to insure proper cleaning has taken place and to monitor quality of completed tasks.

Manager – Managers are knowledgeable of and responsible for overseeing the proper adherence to the departments green cleaning policy.  Managers will coordinate and direct Custodial Coordinators and Custodians to meet the needs of the customer and match them with the resources of the department.  Manager will monitor and track supply/chemical/equipment usage.

Performance Metric

The cleaning frequencies and levels of cleanliness are based upon the APPA (Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) guidelines.  These metrics are taken from the APPA publication “Custodial Staffing Guidelines’ which is available by request in the Facilities Management office.

This policy will remain in effect going forward from its inception date of January 1, 2013.