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Green Apple Day is for Kids, Schools, and the Professional Cleaning Industry

September 26, 2015, is a big day for green advocates throughout North America. And this is true as well in many other parts of the world, including such diverse locations as Mumbai, India; Munich, Germany; and St. Petersburg, Russia. That is when Green Apple Day of Service, an annual event first held in 2012, takes […]

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Green Sports Alliance Summit Starts June 29, 2015 in Chicago

Jansan and Facility Maintenance Organizations are Urged to Attend Los Angeles, CA – The Green Sports Alliance, which includes more than 300 professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from 20 different leagues in 14 countries, will have its annual Summit this year in Chicago.  The event will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, June […]

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Steve Ashkin: A Trusted Partner, Invaluable Resource and Loyal Friend

It all started with a chance meeting on an airplane. Thirteen years ago, Steve Ashkin, known to many as the father of green cleaning, happened to be seated next to Healthy Schools Campaign President and CEO, Rochelle Davis on a flight to Chicago. At the time, Healthy Schools Campaign was a scrappy upstart, making inroads […]

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Green Cleaning: Read The Label

It soon will be time for some facilities and organizations to release bid specifications prior to summer deep cleaning activities. The following are recommended changes to product specifications that make it simpler to procure green consumables while minimizing changes to legal and other contracting requirements. Specifications are based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for […]

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From the Healthy School Campaign: Chronic Absenteeism: Opportunities to Support Student Health and Wellness

Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent or more of class time, is a measure that links health and education in a profoundly meaningful way. We know that student health issues are a leading cause of chronic absenteeism and, as a result, supporting student health and wellness is a key strategy for reducing chronic absenteeism. […]

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Green Apple Day of Service is Coming Up Soon

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 is a very important day. It is Green Apple Day of Service and I believe the professional cleaning industry should start planning now so that they can play an even bigger role in Green Apple Day than ever before. As explained by Emily Riordan of the USGBC, Green Apple Day of […]

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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 […]

Green Eye-Opener in State of the Union Speech

During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, he mentioned that “every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2009.”   For many people this was a bit of a surprise. However, according to Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group and long known as the […]

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Apply for the Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities!

August 28, 2013 – Schools and school districts from coast to coast are demonstrating innovation, expertise and a commitment to health through green cleaning. Every year, we highlight schools and universities whose green cleaning programs have gone above and beyond to protect the health of students and staff without harming the environment. We are looking for exemplary […]


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