The “green” roadmap to comprehensively addressing COVID-19 using products and practices that are safer for health and the environment.

The US Green Building Council recently released a new pilot credit that follows the recommendations of CDC, EPA and OSHA to address cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19. The presentation provides a comprehensive, easy to implement and cost-effective “roadmap” that will address the selection of cleaning products, procedures for effective product use, training recommendations, occupant awareness and more. Learn how to effectively clean and disinfect with products and practices that meet CDC requirements while reducing negative impacts on health and the environment.

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Steve Ashkin has worked in the professional cleaning industry since 1981 and on the issue of Green Cleaning since 1990. His involvement with the USGBC dates back to 1993 and has served on its national board of directors and in a number of volunteer capacities including the core committee that wrote LEED:EB:OM where he authored its cleaning credits. Today, he is considered the "Father of Green Cleaning" and the leader of the Green Cleaning Movement.

During the past 30 years working on Green Cleaning, he has written 4 books, published over 1,000 magazine articles, delivered hundreds of presentations and trained thousands in the US and around the globe. He has developed Green Cleaning programs for government agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), US General Services Administration (GSA), State of California, Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and the Cities of Chicago and San Francisco; standard setting organizations beyond the USGBC include ASTM, Green Seal, UL/EcoLogo and Safer Choice; nongovernment organizations including Healthy Schools Campaign, Healthy Schools Network, Project Green Schools, Green Sports Alliance, BlueGreen Alliance and Sierra Club; labor unions including Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT); building owners including CB Richard Ellis, Google, Oracle and Walmart; trade associations including the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) and Household and Specialty Products Association (HSPA); and leading cleaning companies including Waxie, Procter & Gamble, Diversey, 3M, Spartan, Kimberly-Clark, ServiceMaster, Harvard Maintenance, Emerson/ProTeam and Tennant Corporation; and many more.

His recent efforts have focused on using green approaches to address the cleaning industry’s response to COVID-19 that follow CDC, EPA, OSHA and WHO guidance and include developing training programs for frontline workers for 32BJ/Thomas Shortman Fund, Building Skills Partnership and the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI); along with parallel efforts in China, Europe and the Middle East. To date, these programs have trained over 10,000 frontline workers to help them create healthier and safer buildings, while also protecting their own health and safety.


February 17, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2pm



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