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 […]

Green Cleaning Joins Hands with Sustainability

On September 26, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

There is considerable confusion among cleaning professionals as to what green cleaning, “sustainable” green cleaning, and sustainability are all about. So let’s start out with a situation that might help us address at least two of these quandaries: You are a contract cleaning company and have been invited to submit a cleaning proposal for a […]

Thoughts on Leadership from Leaders in Sports

On September 1, 2016, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

The following was part of our August 2016 DestinationGreen Newsletter     “I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” ~~Venus Williams         Bobby Knight was a leader who wanted to go beyond winning to produce players and teams that reached […]

Sports, Leadership, and Changing the World

On August 30, 2016, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

From our monthly newsletter, DestinationGreen In this edition of DestinationGreen I want to quickly discuss leadership using the language of sports (especially since the Olympics just concluded), update the schedule from the Green Sports Alliance for the next Greener Cleaning in Sport Facilities workshops, and provide an update on the new sustainability program that ISSA […]

Understanding a Sustainability Color-Coding System

On August 12, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, Some of Our Resources for You, by Ashkin Group

Understanding a Sustainability Color-Coding System  About a decade ago, doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Center separated a pair of two-month-old identical twins who had been joined at the abdomen. Even though the babies were identical twins, were “conjoined,” and likely shared organs, doctors knew that for the health and safety of each baby they should […]

Trends Indicate More Factories Are Becoming LEED-Certified

On August 8, 2016, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

“More factories and industrial locations in the United States are going Green—and doing so at a “remarkable pace.” According to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business and a new report by the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities,” more factories and industrial locations in the United States are going Green—and doing so […]

For Churches Only: Going Green Economically

On July 19, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

By 2010, the Army Distaff Foundation/Knollwood, the first military retirement community in the country located in Washington, D.C., had decided to transfer from a traditional cleaning strategy – using cleaning products that are not Green certified or considered environmentally preferable – to one that is. According to Cynthia Akins, director of Environmental Services at the […]

How the Green Sports Alliance is Likely to Affect Your School

On May 7, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Published in Private Colleges and University Magazine Do you know how much water is used every time your school has a major baseball or football event?  Likely if you search the records, you can get an idea and while it will probably be a considerable amount, it’s nothing like the amount of water – and […]

The Green Way to Infection Control

On May 7, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Over the past 10 years, the world has faced several health scares. For instance, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) started in Hong Kong, spread across the globe, and resulted in more than 8,000 people losing their lives. The H1N1 virus developed in 2009, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by […]

Is There a Green Way to Disinfect?

On May 7, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Cleaning professionals will encounter situations in which sanitizers or disinfectants are necessary to protect public health. However, we must always keep in mind that these are very powerful cleaning agents that, while they continue to serve us well, can produce unfortunate, even harmful, results. The good news is that there are options to choose from […]

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