Starting November 2010, Student Center & Event Services is replacing standard cleaners that contain hazardous chemicals with electrolyzed water as part of a pilot project. The production of electrolyzed water involves a process to convert the elements of salt (sodium and chloride) into the ingredients in alkaline and acidic electrolyzed water through the process of electrolysis. The electrolyzed water process will produce an acidic solution containing hypochlorous acid and an alkaline solution containing sodium hydroxide. As a sanitizing/disinfecting solution, hypochlorous acid is 10 times more effective than bleach in reducing the levels of bacteria and viruses commonly found on surfaces. As a cleaning agent, sodium hydroxide is a principle ingredient used in many soaps and cleaners and is highly effective in removing dirt, oils and greases. This technology goes a long way toward creating a green environment.
In October 2010, Student Center & Event Services discontinued the use of traditional pesticides within the Student Center and Cross Cultural Center buildings. EcoSmart aerosols (an all-natural product made with essential oils from plants and trees, water and carbon dioxide), natural diatomaceous earth (an all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants), and physical barricade techniques replaced the use of traditional pest control products.
In fiscal year 2009 – 10, Student Center & Event Services reduced the use of non-green cleaning chemicals by 29%, while decreasing the annual expense of these products by 18%.