Stephen Ashkin, long considered the “father of Green Cleaning” in the professional cleaning industry, is president of The Ashkin Group and Sustainable Dashboard Tools LLC, cofounder of Green Cleaning University and founder of the Green Cleaning Network.
“Based on our experience working on the LEED-EB Core Committee, we have been asked to gather comments directly from the [cleaning] industry about LEED and its impact on Green Cleaning,” explains Ashkin. “These comments will be summarized and then presented to the LEED Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) for consideration as they revise the prerequisites and credits for the 2012 Rating Systems.”
Because Ashkin believes this process is so important, a new Web site has been launched specifically for collecting comments from industry professionals.
Although the new standards will not be released for two years, the preparatory planning work, including feedback and comments from the industry, is needed in less than two months, by January 30, 2010, according to Ashkin.
“This is a big undertaking and [a] very important process,” he adds. “The feedback is valuable because it helps us recognize where changes may be necessary.”
Ashkin expects the industry to provide “hundreds of comments.” And, in order to make it easier to organize the comments for both users and TAG, the “Comments” page of the new Web site has 10 different e-mail addresses for different LEED-EBOM credits.
For instance, some of these links include:
· Comments on Prerequisite 3 - Green Cleaning Policy
· Comments on IEQ Credit 3.1 - High Performance Cleaning Program
· Comments on IEQ Credit 3.3 - Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Chemicals
· Comments on IEQ Credit 3.4 - Sustainable Cleaning Equipment
“I believe it is crucial that all segments of our industry get involved with this process,” says Ashkin. “The revisions made will impact our industry for years to come. I want our industry to [continue to] play a leading role in not only promoting Green and sustainable issues, but setting some of the rules for creating healthy, high performing buildings.”
About Stephen Ashkin and The Ashkin Group
Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in greening the cleaning industry, as well as Sustainablity Tool LLC, an electronic dashboard that allows jansan companies to measure, track and report on their facility’s environmental impacts, He is also coauthor of both The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies.
Ashkin has worked in the cleaning industry since 1981 and has held senior management positions in leading consumer and commercial product companies. He began his work on Green Cleaning in 1990 and today is thought of as the “father of Green cleaning”. For more information, visit www.AshkinGroup.com.