Boise Council Considers 'Green Cleaning' Policy 

click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes

 is something Boise Mayor Dave Bieter once said "is part of our city's marrow."

"It's at the core of our efforts to make Boise the most livable city in the country," Bieter said in 2013.

But creating a sustainable Boise requires as many economic decisions as environmental. In the past few years, the city of Boise instituted dozens of sustainability initiatives, including conversions of thousands of streetlights to LED technology, retrofitting public buildings with low-flow or automatic water fixtures, implementing an anti-idling program and, perhaps most successfully, initiating Cub It—the city's curbside recycling program. Coming soon: curbside composting.

Meanwhile, the city is proposing to move forward with a "green cleaning purchasing policy."

Earlier this year, lobby group Conservation Voters for Idaho approached city officials about the possibility of implementing a policy that required the use of sustainable cleaning products in city facilities, including the Boise Airport, Idaho Ice World and City Hall. If approved, the policy would be designed to protect the health of city employees by reducing exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals and would sync with the city's sustainability goals. The policy would drive all future purchasing contracts with the numerous cleaning facilities that provide custodial services at the many city properties. 

The Boise City Council will be asked to provide feedback on the proposal Tuesday, Aug. 23, with hopes of including the policy in the city's business operations manual.
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