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 […]


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 […]


The National Basketball Association Goes Green

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Green Apple Day of Service Project Now Benefits Nearly 311,000 Students

In honor of the Green Apple Day of Service sponsored by the US Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools; The Ashkin Group; ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association; and the Healthy Schools Campaign have launched an effort to catalog Custodial Training Programs. The project is designed to draw attention to the importance of cleaning and […]


The Green Janitorial Closet Makeover

Green Cleaning starts in the janitorial closet and for this reason, many facilities must begin their Green Cleaning journey with a janitorial closet makeover. First, we remove all cleaning solutions, tools, products, and equipment from the closet. With them out in the open, our next steps are as follows: Remove and properly dispose of any […]

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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 […]

Green Cleaning Award

6 Winning Strategies for Green Cleaning

Bloomington, IN – May 21, 2013 – The Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities was created through collaboration between American School & University magazine, the Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign. Each year, the award recognizes the efforts of schools around the nation with outstanding green cleaning programs. Through national recognition, it honors schools and […]

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Green Cleaning: Six Winning Lessons

Bloomington, IN – March 27, 2013 – The following are the “lessons learned” from the winners of the 2012 Green Cleaning Awards for Schools and Universities. These tips may make an important impact on buildings, their occupants and the environment. And most are feasible, readily available and affordable. 1) Products. In 2012, every winner used an assortment of […]


Climate Change and the Cleaning Industry

This past Halloween, Mother Nature played a big trick on all of us. Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast killing 70+ people and causing billions of dollars worth of property damage. And this once in a hundred years storm was the second such storm in just the past year (Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast […]

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The Health and Finances of Green Cleaning

December 10, 2011 – By Steve Ashkin — Imagine two scenarios that take place commonly across America: The first is in a private-sector boardroom of a corporation looking for ways to improve its bottom-line. The second in the public-sector board meeting of a school district seeking to improve fiscal efficiencies as well as student results […]

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