LEED v4

It’s Here! LEED V4

If you have been receiving my monthly newsletter, DestinationGreen, you know that the US Green Building Council (USGBC) will be introducing LEED v4* in November of 2016. You also know that it includes a number of changes that will impact facility managers as well as building service contractors. I was directly involved with many of […]

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DEAL Program Introduced at ISSA Tradeshow

News Release For immediate release DEAL Program Introduced at ISSA Tradeshow Designed to help warehouse distributors reduce operating costs and be more efficient. Bloomington, IN – Among the many events at the recent ISSA tradeshow just completed in Chicago, was the introduction by ISSA of the DEAL program, developed with the help of Sustainability Dashboard […]

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ISSA Show Chicago

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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greenbuild 2016

Greenbuild Rap-Up; Green Cleaning at Google; and the Upcoming ISSA Tradeshow!

Greenbuild 2016, which ended last week was a terrific show, in fact one of their best ever. There was a great deal of emphasis this year on sustainability and there were several more exhibitors at this year’s show than in the past. I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel discussion entitled Green Cleaning at […]

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Moving From Green to Sustainable Cleaning

Cleaning contractors should adopt green and sustainability initiatives, products, and procedures to help ensure they reach their own financial goals.   About a year ago, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, began a study to understand rents and occupancy trends in commercial office buildings in the United States and Canada. Altogether, they […]

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Green Cleaning at the Googleplex

ASHKIN ALERT   Please join me at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to be held at the LA Convention Center this week, October 5, 2016 and continuing through the week. I will be moderating a panel discussion about Green Cleaning at the Googleplex, Google’s LEED Platinum headquarters located in the heart of Silicon Valley. We are […]

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Creating a Culture of Sustainability with the Four E’s

“Drive change from the bottom up…this is one of the most successful ways to develop a culture of sustainability.” According to Stephen Ashkin, CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, a web-based system that helps facilities measure and monitor their consumption and use of natural resources, According to Ashkin, a culture of sustainability exists “when all staff […]

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green cleaning and sustainability

Questions about Sustainability and Green Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities

The following are questions and answers from Stephen Ashkin for Healthcare Facility News 1. What green and sustainability trends do see happening in healthcare today? • Healthcare administrators are looking for more green and sustainability information that is both comprehensive and easy to interpret. • Administrators want more information regarding their distributors and all vendors as to their environmental performance such as […]

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Great article from Stephen Ashkin*

One of the things we hear frequently in the professional cleaning industry is that we do not appear to be attracting millennials. The most-often-heard explanation for this is that marketing high-technology tools and equipment like computers and smartphones is a lot more fun and exciting than selling mops and buckets. However, I beg to differ. […]

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ISSA Operational Efficiency Program

Sustainable Dashboard Tool Adds ENERGY STAR Integration

The Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that measures and monitors six key performance indicators (KPIs)-energy, water, waste, transportation, products such as cleaning products, and human resources The Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that measures and monitors six key performance indicators (KPIs)-energy, water, waste, transportation, products such as cleaning products, and human resources-to help users monitor and report […]

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