Video: Stephen Ashkin Discusses Taking the Lead on LEED

On March 21, 2017, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Has your company developed products or services to help clients comply with the requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)? Then you’ll want to know all about its updated rating system, LEED v4, which the U.S. Green Building Council is introducing in October 2016. In this Educational Quick Clip, Steve Ashkin previews some […]

Having a Custodial Green Team

On March 14, 2017, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, Some of Our Resources for You, by Ashkin Group

The custodial green team is extremely important to success, whether starting a new green cleaning program or improving an existing one. The process itself has been well-defined. Assessment tools and awards programs are in place. Product manufacturers offer a wide range of products that meet performance requirements and are cost-effective compared with traditional products. And […]

Dropping Old Green Baggage

On March 10, 2017, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

The whole concept of being Green and sustainable still carries a lot of old baggage. But these days, most of that baggage can be left behind. For instance, there is the “it costs more” baggage. Many people think that construction of a Greener, sustainable, and more environmentally responsible building costs considerably more than conventional construction. […]

The New White House Administration and Sustainable Cleaning

On March 8, 2017, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

With a new president and administration in the White House, it is hard to predict how the next four years will unfold, particularly for our industry. However, we would be naive not to assume the following: Changes are coming that will likely impact our industry; this could apply to cleaning worker wages as well as […]

Green Cleaning 101

On February 24, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

In just a couple of months it will be spring and with Spring Cleaning right around the corner, this is a good time for us to have a little review period about Green Cleaning—Green Cleaning 101, if you will—with a focus on Green Cleaning in healthcare facilities. This includes a review of the principles and […]

Green Carpet Care

On February 24, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Building managers, working with their custodial crews, are transferring to environmentally preferable cleaning systems and products in record numbers. What started as a trickle just a few years ago is now beyond a trend. For many building managers and in many industries, having their facilities Green-cleaned is a given. However, the situation gets a bit […]

Trash Can Liner Consequences

On February 15, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

The following was published in Cleaning Maintenance Magazine in February 2017 Ever since the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) introduction of LEED v4 in 2016, I have been disappointed that v4 did not address some of my concerns about plastic liners. In my view, plastic liners used in facilities should be made of recycled content; […]

Green Cleaning: Disinfectant Fool’s Gold

On February 6, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

The following was published in American School and University Disinfectants and sanitizers are important tools for keeping buildings clean, safe and healthful. But as cleaning budgets and staffing levels have declined, the amount of time spent cleaning and disinfecting also has dropped. The importance of those tools has grown amid heightened public awareness of the […]

Singing Kids into Regular Face Washing

On January 31, 2017, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

One of the priorities of The Ashkin Group in 2017 is to promote more frequent face washing, especially for children in schools. According to Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, the need to encourage children to wash their faces more frequently is more serious than we realize. “Kids literally touch their worlds with their […]

Ashkin Sees Change and Opportunity with New Administration

On January 31, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

In a recent issue of DestinationGreen, the monthly newsletter published by The Ashkin Group, Stephen Ashkin addressed the fact that there may be uncertainty about the direction of Green Cleaning and the sustainability movement due to the recent election. “While I do not take political stands, it is pretty clear that a number of things […]

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