New Study Shows How Employees Can Get Employers to Act on Social Issues

On February 19, 2019, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Typically, when employees urge their employers to take steps to, for instance, become more sustainability-focused, get more involved with corporate philanthropy, or encourage corporate volunteering, they frame it as a potential business opportunity. In other words, doing good not only helps serve a cause, but can pay off by improving brand awareness, customer loyalty, and […]

Big Money Predictions and Prescriptions

On February 14, 2019, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

For those not familiar with it, the most recent Global Climate Action Summit was held in September in San Francisco, CA. If you have not heard of this organization or its summit, you are not alone. While publicity has certainly improved in recent months, the summit still received minimal news coverage when it was held. […]

Green Cleaning: Where We’ve Been and What’s Next

On February 7, 2019, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

For more than two decades, I have been discussing the value and the reasons for Green Cleaning in the professional cleaning industry. While the first few years of my journey — and it certainly has been a journey — were difficult, with few people attending my seminars or presentations, I am happy to report that […]

Climate Change’s Personal Impact on the Professional Cleaning Industry

On January 29, 2019, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Expect our industry to change considerably in the years ahead, all due to climate change Bloomington, IN – Climate change is getting personal. Some scientists now suggest that as many as 21 cities in Florida will be underwater by the end of this century, impacting the lives of millions of people. This is likely the […]

Environmental High Points in 2018 And What to Expect in 2019

On January 9, 2019, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Channel Islands Harbor, CA – In 2018 we were reminded that  the road to sustainability would not always be smooth. In October, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that we have only 12 years left to avoid some of the most devastating impacts of climate change, unless we cut carbon emissions in half. […]

Are Bioplastics the Answer?

On January 2, 2019, in News, by Ashkin Group

Many of us are aware there is considerable controversy about the growing use of bioplastics in this country and around the world. Bioplastics, just so we are all on the same page, are made by extracting sugar from plants such as corn and sugarcane and converting it into one of two different types of plastic. […]

New Tool Allows Managers to Engage, Educate, and Empower

On December 13, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Data brings a facility’s sustainability story to life Bloomington, IN – Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC, a web-based dashboard that helps facility managers monitor and measure such key performance indicators (KPIs) such as water consumption, energy use, waste disposal, and other metrics, announces the introduction of a totally new technology and service. The Engagement Display is […]

Making This Holiday Season More Environmentally Friendly

On November 26, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Bloomington, IN – According to Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group and a leading advocate for sustainability in the professional cleaning industry, the most wonderful time of the year isn’t that wonderful for the environment. He suggests we consider the following: We use about 8,000 tons of wrapping paper during the holiday season, equating […]

Happy Thanksgiving from The Ashkin Group

On November 20, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Thanksgiving is a very special time for me, my family and friends; as I am sure it is for you as well.  It is a uniquely American holiday to celebrate community and the fact that our current and future successes are genuinely dependent on working together as a community of committed and caring people. I […]

From Sanitary Maintenance: Selling Sustainability

On November 5, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, Some of Our Resources for You, by Ashkin Group

Selling green cleaning products didn’t always come easy for Iowa-Des Moines Supply, and its push toward sustainability is more of a recent priority. Despite the late jumpstart, the 81-year-old distributor of jan/san supplies based in Des Moines, Iowa, is now shining in both of these arenas. The distributor started offering green products to its customers […]

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