What Does Sustainable Really Mean?

Terms such as Green, sustainable, ecological, and eco-friendly have been used for decades. They have been buzzwords for the Green movement and, as with most buzzwords, they fall out of favor or change over time. The word sustainable has also changed over time, and today it means far more than it did decades ago. According […]

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Simple Ways to Control the Spread of Infection

You can’t always control what germs come into a home or facility. But you can keep from spreading them around. In this Educational Quick Clip, “green cleaning guru” Steve Ashkin spells out some simple cleaning tips that are not just valuable for cold-and-flu season, but all year ’round. Watch the video at

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El Nino

Too Much; Too Little; and Too Much Again

California has a history of having too little rainfall followed by too much rainfall. In the past 50 years, the state has had two El Nino’s, and according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, a very significant third one is on the way. An El Nino is a naturally occurring event, typically caused […]


Growth of Sustainability Reporting Reflects Growth of Green, Social, and Environmental Issues

Little noticed, more companies in the U.S. and around the world are issuing sustainability reports today than ever before. In 2010, only about 20 percent of the Standard and Poor’s 500 companies had published regular sustainability reports. By 2015, that number had jumped to 75 percent. While they can vary with some companies still focusing […]

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New York Times: Climate Accord Is a Healing Step, if Not a Cure

The agreement reached here on Saturday will, if faithfully carried out, achieve far larger cuts in emissions than any previous climate accord. It will reduce, without eliminating, the risk that runaway climate change might render parts of the Earth uninhabitable. It will lessen somewhat the possibility of a collapse of one of the ice sheets, […]

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ISSA Recap: From the Green Sports Alliance, Meeting the New ISSA Executive Director, to Working with Jay Leno….it was Quite a Show

The ISSA 2015 tradeshow in Las Vegas in October was one of the best I have ever attended. It held a number of highlights for me, many of which I would like to share with you. Among them were the following: * I was honored to receive an EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award. […]

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Stephen Ashkin Named a 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winner by the Environmental Protection Agency

LOS ANGELES —The Ashkin Group president, Stephen Ashkin, has been named a 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winner by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a press release. Through the EPA Safer Choice Program, EPA helps consumers and commercial buyers select high-quality safer chemical products, and each year it recognizes companies […]

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Greening the Convention

While conventions can be very lucrative for the hosting cities, when you stop to think about it, they are anything but beneficial for the environment. Just the amount of fuel required for thousands of people to fly or drive to their convention destination from all over the country—if not from all over the world—is staggering, […]

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LEED Updates Impact This Winter’s

The Ashkin Group, the professional cleaning industry’s leading advocate for green and sustainable cleaning, is advising building owners and managers, jan/san distributors and facility service providers that as of January 2015, LEED has redefined the requirements for LEED-compliant de-icers. This update is especially important for those facilities that are now LEED-certified, are seeking LEED certification, […]

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First Cold Water Washing…Now Cleaning With Engineered-Water?

Mention cleaning clothes in cold water 20+ years ago, and most people would have thought you were slightly off your rocker. Mention cleaning facilities today using engineered-water, and most people would once again suspect you were missing a few marbles. However, washing clothes in cold water is now very common in both residential and commercial […]


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