Stephen P. Ashkin
Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in greening the cleaning industry, and executive director of the Green Cleaning Network. He is well known throughout the professional cleaning, education, healthcare and building management industries as the “Father of Green Cleaning.” He has played a pivotal role in setting industry standards, promoting environmentally preferable products and advocating for socially responsible practices.
Ashkin has worked professionally in the cleaning industry since 1981, and on the issue of green cleaning since 1990. He is not only president of The Ashkin Group, but also executive director of the Green Cleaning Network—both based in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the coauthor of The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies.
David Holly is the president of Don’t Panic Productions, Inc., a video and multi-media production company providing services to the maintenance industry, senior project manager for The Ashkin Group and deputy director of the Green Cleaning Network. His 25 years of industry experience include: vice president of a regional janitorial services company, director of sales & marketing for S.C. Johnson Professional, and marketing director for Multi-Clean. He is coauthor of The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies.
Rochelle Davis is president and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), an independent nonprofit that advocates for policies and practices that allow students and staff to learn and work in healthy school environments. HSC is a resource for school districts, professional associations, parent organizations and other groups and individuals who share a commitment to a clean environment, healthy children and better education. Rochelle was founding director of Generation Green, a national membership organization that works on children’s environmental health issues, and she has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Rochelle serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Committee for the Protection of Children’s Health and is a founding member of the Green Cleaning Network. She co-authored Fresh Choices, a cookbook that explores the relationship between food, the environment and children’s health (Rodale, 2004).
Mark Bishop has more than a decade of experience in advocating for healthy school environments. As vice-president of policy with Healthy Schools Campaign he developed training programs and tools for school stakeholders to advance health school environments. He was instrumental in the development of greencleanschools.org and has run professional development programs for school facility directors and school nurses. He has also successfully advocated for state level policies around green cleaning, school health and chronic absenteeism.
Healthy Schools Campaign would like to acknowledge the following parties for their cooperation and help:
- Mark Petruzzi, vice president of Green Seal, for technical assistance, use of various definitions and documents.
- Inform Inc. for Cleaning for School Health: Asthmagens in Institutional Cleaning Products and information on disinfectants.
- Thomas Barron, Civil Engineer, Lafayette, CA for the information in “Common Hazards in Janitorial Projects” from the Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project.
- The New York State Office of General Services for the use of the Cost Calculator that was developed as part of the State’s “Green Cleaning” legislation for school districts statewide.
- Ruth Kerzee, Director, Safer Pest Control Project, for content on Integrated Pest Management.
- The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities for Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?, Mark Scheider 2002.
- The Office of the Environmental Executive for the pollution prevention calculator
- Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center for the use of the Explanation of Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the Sample MSDSs that were excerpted from the “Buy Clean Initiative Training Manual for Eastern Kentucky School Districts” through funding from U.S. EPA Region 4.
- Tolle Graham, Healthy Schools Coordinator for Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety for her support and for the use of the Sample Healthy Cleaning Policy for Massachusetts School Districts.
We would also like to acknowledge the following individuals:
- Darryl Alexander, Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator, American Federation of Teachers
- Jim Bruno, Marketing Manager, Rochester Midland
- Scot Case, Founder, Responsible Sourcing Solutions, Reading, Pennsylvania
- Paula De Lucca, Chief Operation Officer, Archdiocese of Chicago Food Service
- Eva Detloff, Nursing Supervisor, Barrington School District 220, Illinois
- Vince Fagan, Vice President, Fagan Solutions, Inc.
- Jerry Goldman, National Sales Manager, PortionPac Chemical Corporation
- Kevin Greene, Manager Office of Pollution Prevention, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield, Illinois
- Ed Grotte, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Flossmoor School District 161, Illinois
- Rick Hoverson, Advanced Vapor Technologies LLC
- Lauren Hummel, Director of Food Service at Illinois Township High School District #211
- Marvin Klein, President, PortionPac Chemical Corporation
- Tommy Little, Manager of Building Services, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Thomas L. Malamos, Indoor Air Quality Manager, Naperville School District, Naperville, Illinois
- David A. Mathis, Segment Manager-Institutional, Rubbermaid Commercial Products
- Russ Maziarka, Marketing Manager – On-Premise Laundry, Ecolab, Inc.
- Chris O’Brien, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network, Center for a New American Dream, Takoma Park, Maryland
- Margie Saidel, Compass-USA
- Todd R. Schaeffer, Vice President & General Manager, Activeion Cleaning Solutions
- Lynne Sehulster, PhD, M(ASCP), Prevention and Response Branch Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Libby Sommer, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics, US EPA
- Maryann E. Suero, Ph.D., Children’s Health Program Manager, US EPA Region 5
- Peter Teska, Category Manager for Building Care, Diversey Inc, North America
- Bill Thompson, Director of Facilities Management for Lockport Township High School
- Christopher Vuturo, Manager Ext. Relations, P&G
- Joseph Zanoni, MILR, Associate Director of Continuing Education and Outreach, University of Illinois at Chicago
We would like to thank the following foundations that have provided support for HSC’s environmental health work:
- Arie & Ida Crown Memorial
- Bank of America Foundation
- Beldon Fund
- Cedar Tree Foundation
- Chicago Community Trust
- Field Foundation of Illinois
- Henrietta Lange Burk Fund
- Jenifer Altman Foundation
- Legacy Fund
- Lumpkin Family Foundation
- New York Community Trust
- Polk Bros. Foundation
- Stranahan Foundation
- Warsh/Mott Legacy
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their valuable work on the development and production of the guide:
- Jeff Bouley
- Dorian Breuer
- Kateri Burton
- Johanna Goodyear
- Ben Johnson
- Tara Kennon
- Jay Laughlin
- Sylvia Lee
- Anne Moertel
- Claris Olson
- Drago Petrusic
- Deb Popely
- Sara Porter
- Preethi Raghavan
- Stella Ryan
- Ruth Tow
- Jing Zhang