Boston, MA August 22, 2019—Project Green Schools today announced Stephen Ashkin as the newest member to join the organization’s Board of Directors. Recognized as the “Father of Green Cleaning” and leader of the Green Cleaning Movement, Stephen is a speaker and author with 38 years of experience in the professional cleaning industry and a leading authority on helping schools, universities, sport facilities, businesses and others implement sustainability practices that improve occupant health and reduce environmental impact.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen to our organization and applaud his leadership and ability to get things done when it comes to Green Cleaning and sustainability,” said Robin Buchanan, Executive Director of Project Green Schools. “Transforming the ways we think about and interact with our everyday environment is key to making an impact that creates a healthier future, and through his many professional accomplishments, Stephen exemplifies the creative thinking and innovative approaches needed to do just that.

“I am honored to join the Board of Project Green Schools and to be working with Robin Buchanan who I see as an incredible person and leader.  My objective is to share the lessons-learned working with some of the most successful and influential leaders in business, advocacy and government, and am excited to support their vision for helping our schools and kids.  What an amazing legacy program and I am proud to be a part of it.  Together we really can make a difference,” said Stephen Ashkin.

“Stephen Ashkin comes to Project Green Schools with impressive energy, leadership, great ideas, and a significant history of professional commitment to environmental change.  I am excited he has joined our Board of Directors. He will be a valuable asset to Project Green Schools, and I look forward to working with him for years to come,” said Chairman of the Board, Stacy Goodman.

Stephen has authored four books including Green Cleaning for Dummies and The Business of Green Cleaning; has published or is quoted in over 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles; and has given over 300 presentations — all on the subject of Green Cleaning and sustainability.

He is the recipient of a US Presidential Award for his contribution to the development of the President’s Green Chemistry Awards Program, as well as an Excellence Award Winner from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health for his work to protect children from environmental threats with recognition as the US EPA’s Partner of the Year for his support of the Safer Choice Program.

Among his long list of activities and accomplishments, Stephen is a founding member of the US Green Building Council, past member of their national Board of Directors and primary author of the cleaning credits in the LEED-EBOM Rating System.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance where he authored their Playbook on Greener Cleaning in Sport Facilities and was previously a member of the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Leadership Council and lead author of their Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools.  Stephen is also a member of the Sierra Club’s National Toxics Committee and one of their representatives to the BlueGreen Alliance, which is composed of the major environmental and labor unions in the US.

Project Green Schools partners with over 6,300 schools and 500,000 students from over 43 U.S. states and 45 countries to facilitate the development of student leaders who have engaged in E-STEAM learning and projects and are pursuing higher education and jobs in the green workforce.




Project Green Schools ( is developing the next generation of environmental leaders through hands-on, project-based, solutions-based learning, community service and action for students K-12. Students work at the intersection of STEM meets energy, environment and public health, while developing sustainable solutions, soft skills, as well as college

About Stephen Ashkin and The Ashkin Group

Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in Greening the cleaning industry, and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, which helps facilities monitor and measure their use of natural resources.  He is known as the “father of Green Cleaning” and the professional cleaning industries leading advocate promoting sustainability.  He is also coauthor of both The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies

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