I love what South African president, Nelson Mandela, said almost ten years ago: “Sports has the power to change the world.”Stephen Ashkin

Over the years, sporting events have fostered friendships, promoted understanding, goodwill, and peace. However, now, sports are playing a leading role in advancing the need for health and environmental protection.

This is why I am so proud that the Green Sports Alliance will be joining our industry at the upcoming ISSA Trade Show in Las Vegas in November 2019.

We are conducting a 3 hour workshop for those responsible for cleaning the facilities, a tour of the new NFL Raiders’ football stadium, and a panel discussion on the tradeshow floor about the lessons we can learn from elite athletes and the professional sports industry to help protect health and the world we live in.

And I am excited to share with you that the panelists will be retired NFL and NBA players! What always impresses me about these players is the importance they place on protecting health. They know that without protecting their health they could never have become sports stars. Now they are expanding on this belief. They want us all to take steps so our kids and their kids can fulfill their potential as well.

My vision is that November’s visit to the ISSA Show by the Green Sports Alliance will be the first of many visits to other leading trade shows around the country. I am hoping to expand this further by helping schools, Boys/Girls Clubs, YMCAs/YWCAs, fitness centers, rec leagues, golf & tennis clubs, bowling alleys and other places where people play “clean like the pros!”

These players are inspiring, and they can help remind us of the drive, determination and execution that leads to success and which can literally change lives.

BTW… we still have a couple of sponsorship opportunities for the ISSA Green Sports event. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a sponsor, send me an email.

While we are talking about young people, many of you know I am now on the Board of Directors of Project Green Schools. The mission of this organization is “developing the next generation of environmental leaders through education, project-based learning, and community service.” I am so proud to be a part of Project Green Schools. They have accomplished so much already and have many great plans for the future.

One exciting plan includes holding the first-ever Green Olympics. We are still in the development stages, but our goal is to bring together students, sports, the environment, sustainability, education, and fun – all in one big event.

I’ll keep you posted as the program evolves and let you know when it will be held. If anyone wants to get involved with this program now and perhaps host or support an event in your community, again send me an email. I’d love to tell you more about this upcoming event.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who sent me comments about proposed improvements to the LEED Rating System. As I mentioned last month, LEED’s cleaning credits haven’t been updated in over 10 years and a lot has changed in our industry over that time.

Altogether, we received over 100 comments from people just like you which we consolidated into a dozen suggestions that we submitted.  Hopefully because we submitted a significant number of the 400 suggestions they received, the USGBC will include Green Cleaning during their discussions at Greenbuild.  And if you have more ideas, please send them to me.

Take care and stay in touch,



This posting is from our DestinationGreen Newsletter for September 2019.

The purpose of the DestinationGreen Newsletter is to inform leaders in the professional cleaning, healthcare, education, building management, and related industries about sustainability and Green issues impacting our lives, our businesses, and our world.

Our goal is to help you realize the importance of these issues and help us address them. For more information, contact me at here.


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