Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning 101

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 […]

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Green Carpet Care

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

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; […]

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Green Cleaning: Disinfectant Fool’s Gold

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 […]


Ashkin Sees Change and Opportunity with New Administration

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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Happy Holidays from The Ashkin Group

As we celebrate this holiday season, we at The Ashkin Group are filled with gratitude and hope. It is wonderful to work with so many friends, clients, and loyal partners. When you succeed, we all succeed, and we have been blessed with many successes in 2016. We have made great progress this past year moving forward with […]

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ISSA “DEAL” Webinar Emphasizes “Cool” Cost Savings

Bloomington, IN – The recent webinar presented by the ISSA DEAL program and Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC., offered distributors a variety of ways to make sure this winter’s chill does not freeze profits. DEAL, or Distributor Efficiency Analytics & Learning, is a program designed to help distributors reduce operating costs, improve profits, and promote sustainability. […]

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NEWS: DEAL Webinar to Offer Winterization Tips for Distributors

Bloomington, IN – Snow piles have grown across the United States as an arctic chill and winter storms brought plunging temperatures and winter conditions to major portions of the country. Such conditions can wreak havoc on small and large businesses alike and send operating costs such as fuel and energy through the roof. To help […]

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Thoughts on ISSA and Upcoming Events

There was so much going on at this year’s ISSA tradeshow in Chicago that at times it was hard to keep up. Among the many events was ISSA’s introduction of the DEAL program, developed with the help of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC. DEAL, which stands for Distributor Efficiency Analytics & Learning, is an online “portal,” […]

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Green Cleaning in Prisons

Interview with Stephen Ashkin on how to Bring Green Cleaning to Correctional Facilities Because there are likely many correctional facilities in the U.S. that have not adopted a green cleaning program, Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, provides suggestions as to how to start and implement such a program in your facility. “But first we […]

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