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IFMA Updates “Sustainability How-to Guide: Global Green Cleaning.”

From CleanLink News: The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Environmental Stewardship, Utilities and Stewardship (ESUS) Strategic Advisory Group has released the latest update in the widely acclaimed series on sustainability for facility managers, “Sustainability How-to Guide: Global Green Cleaning.” This guide, which was originally published in 2009 and updated in 2011, has been updated again […]

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Interest in Earth Day has Moved Beyond Politicians and Environmentalists

Our nation seems more polarized than ever on environmental issues. Students, however, are increasingly concerned about their future, including the quality of water they drink and the air they breathe. Interest in Earth Day has moved beyond politicians and environmentalists to students, millennials and Main Street America. This has clearly affected our schools and universities, […]

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Video: Stephen Ashkin Discusses Taking the Lead on LEED

Has your company developed products or services to help clients comply with the requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)? Then you’ll want to know all about its updated rating system, LEED v4, which the U.S. Green Building Council is introducing in October 2016. In this Educational Quick Clip, Steve Ashkin previews some […]

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Having a Custodial Green Team

The custodial green team is extremely important to success, whether starting a new green cleaning program or improving an existing one. The process itself has been well-defined. Assessment tools and awards programs are in place. Product manufacturers offer a wide range of products that meet performance requirements and are cost-effective compared with traditional products. And […]

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Dropping Old Green Baggage

The whole concept of being Green and sustainable still carries a lot of old baggage. But these days, most of that baggage can be left behind. For instance, there is the “it costs more” baggage. Many people think that construction of a Greener, sustainable, and more environmentally responsible building costs considerably more than conventional construction. […]

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The New White House Administration and Sustainable Cleaning

With a new president and administration in the White House, it is hard to predict how the next four years will unfold, particularly for our industry. However, we would be naive not to assume the following: Changes are coming that will likely impact our industry; this could apply to cleaning worker wages as well as […]

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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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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 […]

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Singing Kids into Regular Face Washing

One of the priorities of The Ashkin Group in 2017 is to promote more frequent face washing, especially for children in schools. According to Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, the need to encourage children to wash their faces more frequently is more serious than we realize. “Kids literally touch their worlds with their […]

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