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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

Concerns Surround the Latest Version of LEED-EB
June 5, 2024 Stephen P. Ashkin

Concerns Surround the Latest Version of LEED-EB

Business and Management

Overall, the fifth version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v5) for Existing Buildings Rating System (LEED-EB) v5 has improved LEEDEB’s impacts on energy and the environment. However, several changes are seen as cleaning industry setbacks.

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Save Money and the Environment
April 2, 2024 Stephen P. Ashkin

Save Money and the Environment

Business and Management

The professional cleaning industry is pivoting toward sustainability driven by a growing awareness of environmental issues and the realization of the economic benefits.

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Sustainability Reporting: A CARFAX for the Cleaning Industry
February 12, 2024 Stephen P. Ashkin

Sustainability Reporting: A CARFAX for the Cleaning Industry

Business and Management

Just as CARFAX provides a detailed history of a vehicle, sustainability reporting offers a comprehensive account of an organization’s environmental practices.

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7 Tips for Conversations With Sustainability Doubters
October 9, 2023 Stephen P. Ashkin

7 Tips for Conversations With Sustainability Doubters

Business and Management

These days, many people have an opinion to share about sustainability. But you can still share your thoughts and ideas on the subject with others in non-threatening ways. Check out these seven tips on having conversations about sustainability with your customers.

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sustainability, environmental
October 4, 2023 Stephen P. Ashkin

Go Green at the ISSA Show

Technology and Trends

With some planning and a little bit of effort, we can all do our part to lower our environmental impact while attending the ISSA Show or other large events.  

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Katrina Saucier
September 22, 2023 Stephen P. Ashkin

Moving Beyond the Photoshopped Version of Sustainability

Business and Management

In this video, Katrina Saucier, Green2Sustainable senior sustainability program manager, shares how managers can help their businesses become more sustainable and be prepared for the ever-changing landscape.

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A Green Form of Capitalism
July 20, 2023 Stephen P. Ashkin

A Green Form of Capitalism

Business and Management

Sustainable capitalism is driven by a complex and rapidly changing marketplace that combines economic success with environmental consciousness, social responsibility, and good management practices.

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Growth Opportunity Street Sign
June 5, 2023 Stephen P. Ashkin

Viewing Sustainability as an Opportunity, Not a Problem

Business and Management

While achieving goals with sustainability can feel like just another burdensome responsibility, embracing sustainable practices and viewing them in a positive light can help you take full advantage of the opportunities sustainability presents.

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2023 green cubes
February 27, 2023 Stephen P. Ashkin

Meet Your Sustainability Goals With ISSA’s Global Initiative

Business and Management

To help the industry respond to sustainability matters, ISSA has launched a global initiative to provide timely resources, guidance, and other tools for supporting short- and long-term goals.

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Follow Up
December 19, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

The ISSA Show Is Over—Now What?

Business and Management

Far too often, attendees of trade shows and seminars—such as the ISSA Show—neglect to follow up with the industry professionals they met during the event. Don't miss this prime opportunity to turn contacts found at the show into relationships and sales.

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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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