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Ashkin Recognized as One of EPA’s 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year

Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, and often referred to as “the father of Green Cleaning,” is one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 21 Safer Choice  Partner of the Year Award winners for 2015. The EPA Safer Choice Program is designed to help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products that are […]

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Way to Save Energy with Green Cleaning

Energy use can be reduced up to 10 percent if cleaning hours are moved from nights to daytime and weekend hours. Lights can be turned off, and the HVAC output reduced in a mostly unoccupied building. Regardless of the time of day, schools can reduce energy use when cleaning floors, carpets and hard surfaces by […]

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The Training Component in Green Cleaning

Learn how proper training of janitorial staff using green cleaning products can reduce the negative impact of cleaning on workers while creating a high-performing, healthy building. As part of its plan to operate in a greener, more sustainable manner, a property management firm decided to transfer from selecting 100 percent virgin fiber copy paper to […]

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Ashkin Honored as Presidio Fellow in Sustainability

Stephen Ashkin, long known as “the father of Green Cleaning” in the professional cleaning industry, was named a Richard M. Gray Presidio Fellow in Sustainability by the Presidio Graduate School’s Sports and Sustainability Certificate Program. Presidio Graduate School is located in San Francisco, and theirs is the first MBA-level sustainability program focused exclusively on the […]

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Story of Change

Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change from The Story of Stuff Project urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. From The Story of Stuff Project

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Green Games Gain In Popularity

August 17, 2011 – The fate of Earth is often at stake in popular video games, such as the sci-fi space sagas Halo and Mass Effect. But a growing movement of ecologically conscious games deals with the real destiny of our actual habitat. In the PC strategy game Fate of the World, players try their hand at juggling sociopolitical […]

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Annie Leonard shows the “toxic” side of some cosmetics

Cosmetics might make people look more attractive, but the ingredients in many personal care products do not add up to a very pretty picture, according to a new video by Annie Leonard, a proponent of sustainability and creator of The Story of Stuff about the life-cycle of material goods. Leonard’s message: the cosmetics industry is […]

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Toxic Chemicals Lobby

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families put together a funny, but effective video to galvanize support for Congressional action on the very serious issue of toxic chemicals.

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What’s that Smell?

Did you know that the lemon-fresh smell or pine forest scent in your favorite cleaner may be linked to serious health impacts? Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) recently released Whats That Smell?, a compilation of research that supports WVEs call for greater regulation of cleaning products, air fresheners and other consumer products containing fragrances […]

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