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August 01, 2012
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Ashkin Group and Sustainability Dashboard Tools Launch Green Rays of Hope Program

Bloomington, IN – The Ashkin Group and Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC, have partnered to launch a new program promoting optimism regarding our planet’s myriad environmental challenges.

The Ashkin Group is well known as the professional cleaning industry’s leading advocate for Green Cleaning. Sustainability Dashboard Tools is a Web-based service that helps organizations better manage and monitor their use of natural resources and reduce operating costs.

The joint program, called “Green Rays of Hope,” will publicize often-overlooked trends indicating that issues such as global warming and sustainability are being addressed more effectively and rapidly than many of us realize.

“The United States is now enduring its warmest year on record, and since 1998, the entire world has endured some of the warmest years on record,” says Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools.

“This suggests climate change is real. But many of us do not realize that there are real and positive steps we have taken over the past ten years to tackle this problem.”

For instance, Ashkin says, China, the United States, and Europe have invested hundreds of billions of dollars in research and development of clean and renewable energy, “resulting in some significant—but underreported—successes.”

Ashkin notes that the cost of solar and wind power have fallen sharply in the past few years, far more so than anticipated, “and already, the world uses vastly more alternative, renewable energy than experts predicted a decade ago.”

According to Ashkin, the primary goal of the Green Rays of Hope program is to help people realize that steps are being taken to address many of the world’s most serious environmental challenges.

“We also want to put an emphasis on hope,” Ashkin adds, “because hope will lead to more successes. As the Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, ‘No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.’”

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Steve Ashkin is available for interviews, presentations, and commentary on Green Cleaning–related issues, sustainable buildings, industry trends, and facility management. He may be reached by calling 812-332-7950.

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, and CEO of Sustainability Tools LLC, an electronic dashboard that allows organizations to measure and report on their sustainability efforts.

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

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