Housekeeping installed metering
stations that measure set amounts of cleaning products used by the
housekeeping staff. This helps reduce waste and overuse of cleaning
Housekeeping started using some green cleaning products when they
implemented their new dispensing units in buildings on campus last
year. Some of the cleaning products are Green Seal certified.
Housekeeping partners with a list of selected vendors who assist
them on how to help the College become more cost-efficient regarding
its supplies and dispensing systems. These products are ecologically
friendly and health-conscious, utilizing the latest technology in the
custodial industry. Some of the initiatives are already in place, while
others are under evaluation for consideration for implementation.
Beginning in 2005, we began a program to reduce mercury use in the
academic labs. We replaced mercury thermometers with alcohol or digital
thermometers. We disposed of legacy equipment containing mercury (blood
pressure cuffs, manometers, etc.) after draining the mercury and
The EH&S office encourages faculty and staff to purchase Cozy
Toes/Toasty Toes heated mats and foot rest in lieu of space heaters for
heating comfort in cold offices. These heaters draw 90 watts, 94% less
power than a 1500 watt electric space heater.