BLOOMINGTON, IN — In a ceremony recently held at Chicago’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified public school, Tarkington School of Excellence, Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, presented awards to key government agencies that have shown leadership and strong commitments to protecting human health and the environment, according to a press release.
The agencies honored as Ashkin Group Green Cleaning Champions are: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE), Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Tools for Schools programs; and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Representative Karen May, the release stated.
Governor Quinn has, according to Ashkin, played a leadership role by promoting healthy and sustainable schools for several years, the release noted.
Representative May also received an Ashkin Group Green Cleaning Champion award for her work to champion the Illinois Green Clean Schools Act through the legislative process, the release added.
Ashkin said: "Over the years, the EPA has developed numerous programs to help identify more environmentally preferable products and improve schools and other buildings. They have helped create a foundation for green cleaning throughout the country. The contribution these people have made, protecting the health of children, is unparalleled. They are worthy recipients and without question, Green Cleaning Champions. We thank them for their commitment and all they have done and accomplished."
According to the release, the Healthy Schools Campaign and ISSA are previous recipients of the Green Cleaning Champion award.
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