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The Ashkin Group and American Institute for Cleaning Sciences release

March 24, 2010
Collaborative Agreement Between The Ashkin Group and American Institute for Cleaning Sciences Announced
Bloomington, IN – Stephen Ashkin — president of The Ashkin Group, the leading advocate for Green Cleaning in the professional cleaning industry, and CEO of Sustainable Dashboard Tools, LLC — and David Frank and Jim Peduto of the American Institute of Cleaning Sciences (AICS) have entered into a new collaborative agreement that they believe will benefit the professional industry.
AICS is an independent, third-party evaluation and accreditation organization working to improve the standards and performance of the professional cleaning industry.
It has been in the forefront of cleaning standards and is partnered with ISSA in ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard program (CIMS) and the recently released CIMS Green Building criteria (CIMS-GB).
The CIMS program outlines the essential characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organization. ISSA is the leading trade association for the professional cleaning industry.
“We have agreed to work together on several projects and be supportive of each others'' activities,” says Ashkin. “I am impressed with the CIMS program, and we''re working to have it included in the new LEED-EB certification criteria now being developed. I am also promoting it to [the] state governments we are working with.”
Frank and Peduto say they will help promote Ashkin’s Green Cleaning University and several other Green-related programs that The Ashkin Group is currently undertaking.
“Dave Frank and Jim Peduto are two of the industry''s leading consultants,” adds Ashkin. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them on shared mutual interests that benefit our industry.”
David Frank notes, “Steve Ashkin and The Ashkin Group have made a monumental contribution to improving the professionalism of our industry by pioneering the Green Cleaning movement. We applaud their efforts, and look forward to working with them on a collaborative basis.”
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
About AICS

American Institute for Cleaning Sciences is an independent, third-party evaluation and accreditation organization that establishes standards to improve the professional performance of the cleaning industry. AICS offers educational programs to facility service providers, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals. We furnish a full range of consulting services, as well as multiple day courses, seminars, and keynote speaking engagements concerning cleaning standards and best practices for facility maintenance and management.