About us

What is the Green Cleaning Network?


Originally founded in 2006, the Green Cleaning Network is proud of its contribution to the greening of the cleaning industry.   Some of our proudest contributions have led to:

      Reduced use of hazardous ingredients commonly found in conventional cleaning chemical products including formaldehyde, ammonia, 2-butoxyethanol (butyl cleaners), and nonylphienol ethoxylated surfactants; while encouraging transparency, green chemistry and innovative technologies.

      Reduced use of sanitary paper products made from 100% virgin tree fiber that were harvested in an unsustainable manner and bleached using elemental chlorine; while encouraging products sustainably harvested, made with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content and/or other alternative fibers.

      Reduced the use of plastic can liners made exclusively from virgin plastic resin; while encouraging more efficient use and sizing of bags, and a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.

      Adopted public procurement requirements for environmentally preferable products in 31 states and developed Green Cleaning programs for numerous organizations including the US Green Building Council, International Facility Managers Association, Healthy Schools Campaign, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, and Green Sports Alliance.

We make resources and tools for implementing Green Cleaning available to cleaning professionals, facility and property managers, policymakers, advocates, third-party certifiers, and other organizations concerned with environmental health, and to get them talking about how to use them.  In the process, we facilitate learning, assist with problem-solving and promote the adoption of Green Cleaning in schools and universities, health care, sport facilities, government and commercial office buildings, hospitality and lodging, retail, multi-family and many other institutional and commercial settings.  


Stephen Ashkin, Founding Executive Director

Stephen P. Ashkin a tireless advocate where he is often referred to as the “Father of Green Cleaning,” Mr. Ashkin is a 35+ year veteran of the cleaning industry where he has served in senior leadership roles in leading manufacturers of consumer and commercial cleaning products, consulted for numerous global brands and building owners, and has played a pivotal role in setting industry standards, promoting environmentally preferable products, and advocating for socially responsible practices. He founded the Green Cleaning Network to “connect the dots” in an effort to accelerate the global adoption of cleaning products and practices that create healthier buildings, and minimize adverse impacts on cleaning people’s health and the environment.

Brian Johnson

Mr. Johnson is a thirty-year veteran of the community greening and sustainability movement.  From his early years as legislative analyst with the statewide Toxics Coordinating Project, his subsequent leadership of the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, where he conceived and oversaw numerous environmental programs, including toxics use reduction, green cleaning, integrated pest management and green procurement initiatives, to his recent tenure as a Deputy Director at the California Environmental Protection Agency where he led the Statewide Hazardous Waste Program, his leadership has been seminal to the success of sustainability initiatives throughout the world.  Brian’s current role as Director of The Ashkin Group’s sustainability practice, has allowed him to work with leaders and learners in the green cleaning and sustainability movement where he has developed policies, practices, audits and technical coaching for an array of local and global organizations.

Our mission

      Create a global movement that promotes the importance of cleaning as a cost-effective health protection strategy, while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment.

      Develop strategies, standards, certifications, credentials, training and other programs that touch all parts of the cleaning industry including cleaning personnel, service providers, product manufacturers, distributors, facility managers and other purchasers.

      Move the global cleaning industry beyond just the use of Green products towards becoming greener and more sustainable companies themselves.

      Mentor the next generation of leaders in the cleaning industry.


Create a global movement that promotes the importance of cleaning as a cost-effective health protection strategy, while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment.

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Stephen Ashkin steveashkin@ashkingroup.com


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