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Stephen P. Ashkin

Stephen P. Ashkin

President, The Ashkin Group

Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in green cleaning and sustainability. He can be reached at [email protected].


Articles by Stephen P. Ashkin

ISSA’s Sustainability Committee Wants You!
October 19, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

ISSA’s Sustainability Committee Wants You!

Health and Safety

Sustainability is an idea whose time has come. ISSA is calling for volunteers, particularly those who have technical expertise and a passion for sustainability, to join its Sustainability Committee. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference within the industry and contribute to a better world.

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theater, theatre, drama, comedy
September 21, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

Sustainability Theater

Facility Management

You might have already heard of “hygiene theater”—when actions that appear to reduce health risks are actually just for show. Similarly, “sustainability theater” claims to be effective, but in reality does little to reduce the risk of harm to the environment.

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Defining Sustainability
August 17, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

Defining Sustainability

Business and Management

For the cleaning industry, it may be important to define sustainability using business-oriented terms—terms that connect the operational strategy and tactics directly to the long-term guiding framework of a business.

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Chicago, green, sustainability
August 5, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

Go Green at the ISSA Show in Chicago

Business and Management

Don't leave a large environmental footprint when you attend ISSA Show North America 2022. Learn some easy and fun tips to help you tread more lightly when traveling.

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Green Cleaning
May 11, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

The Cleaning Industry’s Path from Green Cleaning to Sustainability

Business and Management

As green cleaning began to change the landscape of the cleaning industry 30 years ago, today sustainability is poised to be the “disruptor” of our industry.

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Earth Day
March 11, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

Start Planning Your Earth Day Event

Facility Management

It’s time to spotlight your facility’s contributions to a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet.

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cleaning performance questions
January 31, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

4 Questions Addressing Cleaning Performance

Health and Safety

Historically, we have based cleaning performance on appearance, but this method has serious limitations because what looks clean may not be clean at all.

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sustainability, environmental, carbon footprint
December 17, 2021 Stephen P. Ashkin

Companies Are Responding to Climate Change: What About Yours?

Business and Management

As businesses around the world take notice of their carbon footprint, sustainability has quickly become an important investment and commitment focus for companies across all industries, including the cleaning industry.

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LEED, Green Cleaning
October 8, 2021 Stephen P. Ashkin

6 Changes in LEED and the Future of Green Cleaning

Business and Management

USGBC members will vote on the these changes to LEED cleaning credits in 2021.

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Cleaning Thoroughly for Health
September 28, 2021 Stephen P. Ashkin

Cleaning Thoroughly for Health

Health and Safety

We can focus on handwashing and cleaning high-touch surfaces, but how do we know we are actually cleaning thoroughly for health?

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Healthy Building, Hygiene, Health
July 16, 2021 Stephen P. Ashkin

5 Reminders for Creating a Healthy Building

Health and Safety

As we move beyond COVID-19, let’s take these five reminders with us to help create healthy buildings for the future.

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Lessons Learned From COVID-19, Healthy Facilities, Healthy Building
June 15, 2021 Stephen P. Ashkin

3 Lessons Learned From COVID-19

Facility Management

High-performing facilities must follow these critical lessons to maintain not only a healthy building, but also a healthy bottom line.

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