Stephen Ashkin Honored as Presidio Fellow in Sustainability

Los Angeles, CA – Stephen Ashkin, long known as “the father of Green Cleaning” in the professional cleaning industry, was named a Fellow in the Sustainability and Sports Certificate Program by the Presidio Graduate School.

Presidio Graduate School is located in San Francisco, and theirs is the first MBA-level sustainability program focused exclusively on the sports industry.

Honoring Ashkin with the Presidio Fellow in Sustainability title was Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School.

“There aren’t five people in the world who influence Green Cleaning more than Stephen Ashkin,” said Hershkowitz. “The fact that he is using that position to advance ecologically smart practices is of enormous importance.”

A Presidio Fellowship, according to Hershkowitz, is “an exclusive club” of influential practitioners and thought leaders in the sports greening movement.

This fellowship follows Ashkin’s appointment to the board of directors of the Portland-based Green Sports Alliance in 2013.

The Green Sports Alliance, which began in 2010, is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues, and leagues enhance their Green and sustainability performance.

“This is really quite an honor,” says Ashkin. “We are seeing nothing less than an evolution in the professional sports industry. It is becoming Greener and more sustainable at a rapid pace, and I am proud to be one of the people helping to make this happen.”


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, and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, which offers a cloud-based dashboard that allows organizations to measure, report and improve their sustainability efforts. He is alsocoauthor 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 Presidio Graduate School

San Francisco’s Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree and professional development programs in sustainable management, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. For more information about the #1 ranked MBA in Social Impact, visit