Green Cleaning Products Program

In 2015, the Port Authority implemented a formal Environmentally Preferable Products Program to phase-in the greater use of “green” cleaning products in Port Authority cleaning contracts. “Green” cleaning products reduce the health impacts of those exposed to the products, and minimize impacts to the environment through decreased packaging, reduced energy and water usage during manufacturing, reduced disposal costs, reduced greenhouse gases (GHG) and air pollution, and minimization of toxic chemicals. In this Program, “green” cleaning products are defined as products that are certified by third-party certifying entities (i.e. Green Seal, EcoLogo, or the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment) or are self-certified as meeting, or exceeding, the relevant third-party certifications.

This Program expands on recent progress made by the Port Authority and its facilities to incorporate more ”green” cleaning products and practices, but it also incorporates bi-state mandates as well as broader best practices used in the cleaning industry. More specifically, the Program complies with executive orders issued by the Governors of New York and New Jersey (Executive Order 4 in New York and Executive Order 76 in New Jersey) to transition to procure and use environmentally friendly cleaning products to the maximum extent possible. In addition, the Program allows the Port Authority to adopt industry best practices, many of which are adopted by various agencies, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New Jersey Treasury Department. It also helps to support the goals of the Port Authority’s Sustainability Policy, which encourages customers, tenants, and partners to conduct th
eir business in a more sustainable fashion.

The Port Authority will continue to monitor and update the Program periodically to ensure that it is achieving the desired results. The Port Authority will also keep working with departments to strengthen the Port Authority's commitment to environmentally preferable cleaning products in line with the most current federal and state ordinances, industry best practices, and the Port Authority Sustainability Policy.

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