Many people in the building service industry know Stephen Ashkin as the “Father of Green Cleaning.” But what they don’t know is just how many years it took him to earn this title and why he is considered such a leader in the green cleaning movement, not only in North America, but around the world.

Today, Ashkin is one of green cleaning’s foremost experts and advocates. In addition to being the author of several books on the subject, he also works with multiple companies and organizations dedicated to advancing green cleaning across various industry sectors. He’s president of The Ashkin Group; executive director of the Green Cleaning Network; cofounder of Green Cleaning University; coauthor of the book Green Cleaning for Dummies; and a board member of the Green Sports Alliance as well as author of the organization’s new Greener Cleaning Playbook, which he wrote to help sports venues operate their facilities in a greener and more sustainable manner.

When it comes to green cleaning, you’ll find Ashkin’s fingerprints are everywhere.

We chatted with Ashkin to learn more about his background and better understand what drives his passion for green cleaning and sustainability.

How did you get into the professional cleaning industry?
Stephen Ashkin: My family owned a chemical manufacturing business in Indiana, so I literally grew up with the business. I did everything from sweep the floors to help with production, operations, sales, and marketing.

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