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Calling All Facilities Managers: Green Cleaning Predictions for 2010

Stephen Ashkin, president of Bloomington, Ind.’s The Ashkin Group and Sustainable Tool LLC, has just released his “Green Predictions for 2010.” The Ashkin Group is a consulting firm that specializes in greening the cleaning industry; Sustainable Tool LLC is an electronic dashboard that allows jansan companies to measure, track and report on their facility’s environmental impacts.

Ashkin has been a leading cleaning industry advocate for the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products and systems for nearly two decades.

The following items are not only in the cards when it comes to Green cleaning—including church cleaning—but will likely materialize in 2010, according to Ashkin:

·  More consumer and household cleaning products will be Green certified; this will also bolster the use of Green-certified cleaning products in the professional cleaning industry.

·  The industry’s first Green-certified disinfectants will be available in the United States.

·  More state and local governments will require that Green cleaning products and systems be used in educational and government facilities.

·  Organizations, such as the Healthy Schools Campaign (www.healthyschoolscampaign.org) and others, will grow in membership and influence.

·  More companies (and churches) will require their vendors to demonstrate they are taking steps to become Greener and more sustainable.

·  All segments of the professional cleaning industry—manufacturers, distributors and facility service providers—will become more sustainable and environmentally responsible.

Ashkin also believes 2010 may be the year that the professional cleaning industry is recognized for the leadership role it has played in promoting Green cleaning and environmental responsibility.

“Our industry has made a big impact on so many businesses and [other] industries,” he says. “We have become a role model of what can be accomplished when an industry decides it is time to go Green.”

Editor’s Note: Find a special supplement in Worship Facilities’ Mar/Apr 2010 issue on “The Greening of America’s Churches” for more information on green church building and design.

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