Sustainability: The History of a Word and Its Meaning Today

On October 5, 2018, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Languages and words evolve over time. For those in the restoration and remediation industry, along with cleaning professionals, carpet cleaners, and building managers, there is one word whose meaning seems to have changed three or four times . . . in just the past 25 years!  That word is sustainability. Restoration and remediation professionals need […]

Finding the Low Hanging “Sustainability Fruit” in Older Buildings

On October 5, 2018, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

It is estimated that more than 40 percent of this country’s total energy use is consumed in commercial buildings, most often office buildings. In the two largest urban cities in the country, New York and Chicago, that jumps to about 70 percent. Many, if not most, of the new buildings now under construction in this […]

EPA Encourages Purchasing Green Certified Products from Green Distributors

On September 15, 2018, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Bloomington, IN – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released an “overview” of a webinar they conducted in June 2018 and have now made it available on-demand. Entitled, Routine Cleaning and Maintenance for a Healthy School Environment, it focuses on the importance of Green and effective cleaning, stating that: One of the most effective ways […]

Four Ways to Reduce Energy Bills – Now

On September 5, 2018, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

“Retro-commissioning typically requires minimal capital outlay and produces large savings.”   Bloomington, IN – Far too many businesses and building owners still file their energy bills under “uncontrollable expenses.” While they may have taken steps over the years to reduce consumption, many now view these utility charges as merely the cost of doing business However, […]

What Does Sustainability Mean Today?

On May 10, 2018, in Items of Interest, News, by Ashkin Group

Sustainability is one of those buzz words we often hear when we discuss Green and environmental issues. It typically applies to our use of natural resources; social responsibility; fair business profits; agriculture; the use of Green Cleaning products; etc. While the word sustainability seems to be getting more and more “buzz,” there seems to be […]

Our “Sustainability” Nations Capital is Now in Sacramento

On May 10, 2018, in Items of Interest, News, by Ashkin Group

When it comes to Green and sustainability issues, our nation’s capital has just moved.  It’s now located in Sacramento. With the sixth largest economy in the world, California can and does have the power to impact environmental programs throughout the country.  Plus, nine other states, including New York and Washington, have joined forces with California […]

The ISSA Convention…. from a distance

On September 27, 2017, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

From Our Monthly DestinationGreen Newsletter Every year I look forward to the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Convention. However, this year I had a medical emergency and after a visit to the hospital emergency room, returned home and missed the Convention. I’m fine now. And frankly, it is hard for me to feel sorry for myself when I see […]

Greening Meetings

On September 22, 2017, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Meetings and events are big business in the U.S. They are valued at about $1 trillion and invariably listed as one of the ten largest industries in the country. With so many meetings and events, this can have a significant impact on the environment and the use of natural resources. Fortunately, hotel properties are already […]

Trump’s Impact on Green Cleaning

On September 14, 2017, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

One of the most frequent questions I get now in my travels is what I think will be President Trump’s impact on Green Cleaning. While I am always open to answer all questions, I try to shy away from political issues because my focus, as always, has been to advocate for all the reasons Green […]

Green Cleaning Best Practices for Cleaning Locker Rooms

On July 8, 2017, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, Some of Our Resources for You, by Ashkin Group

Patrick Pizzo, administrator for operations, elaborates on how the East Meadow Union Free School District in New York undertakes the difficult job of cleaning locker rooms with green cleaning methods: The staff uses a hydrogen peroxide-based product called H2 Orange Envirox 117 to clean and sanitize the locker rooms on a daily basis. “The best […]

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