City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
191053
Work Completed
May 10, 2012 7:00 PM

33.B That the Environmental Programs Manager inform this Board of the city's efforts to use green cleaning products in all buildings and advise on whether an ordinance requiring this is warranted.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Six Alderman Rebekah L. Gewirtz
Category:OrderFunctions:Order

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That the Environmental Programs Manager provide this Board with information on the city's efforts to use green cleaning products in all buildings and advise on whether an ordinance requiring this is warranted or necessary.

 

Meeting History

Apr 14, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Feb 9, 2012 6:00 PM  Environment and Energy Special Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Lutes stated that 50-65% of materials being used are green. The AM/PM contract for the high school and Winter Hill School require green products and are at an 85% level. The remainder of buildings are working towards that 85% goal, however, in some cases, green products can not be used. Mr. Lutes discussed a state policy that has been amended due to changes in products. Chairman Gewirtz would like to review the Brookline ordinance on this subject and prefers to put an ordinance into effect now because the next administration may not want to enact such an ordinance. Mr. Lutes feels that an ordinance may be restrictive. This will be revisited in March.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 8, 2012 6:00 PM  Environment and Energy Special Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Lutes discussed how green products could be worked into the cleaning operations and advised that 75% of cleaning products in city buildings are green. The city has a sustainability plan that includes increasing even further the use of green cleaning supplies in our buildings. Alderman Taylor suggested a resolution to support use of green cleaning products and Chairman Gewirtz said since the city is already doing this it seems unnecessary. Chairman Gewirtz stated that if members of the Board feel not enough is happening with respect to green cleaning products, they should come forward and present an order or resolution at an upcoming meeting.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
May 10, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED