Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, and often referred to as “the father of Green Cleaning,” is one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 21 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winners for 2015.
The EPA Safer Choice Program is designed to help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products that are manufactured with safer chemical ingredients, but that still meet high quality and performance standards.
“Our scientists employ a stringent set of human health and environmental safety standards when reviewing products for the Safer Choice program,” says Cathy Milbourn of the EPA. “[This ensures that] a product with the [Safer Choice] label is backed by science.”
Ashkin will be presented with the award on June 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. He is being honored with the award as a result of his contributions of the following:
- Working with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED V4 for Building Operations and Maintenance
- Helping establish an environmentally preferable product procurement program for the Green Sports Alliance
- Preparing the Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools for the Healthy School Campaign
“The Safer Choice program has made a significant contribution in ensuring that our homes, schools, and the offices we work in and use are healthier for us and the environment,” says Ashkin. “I am honored to be one of the 2015 award winners.”
About the Safer Choice Program
The Safer Choice Program, formerly known as the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program, was developed in 1997 and draws upon chemical and environmental expertise from across the EPA. Safer Choice uses the technical tools and expertise of EPA’s New Chemicals Program to evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of every chemical ingredient in a product, allowing only the safest ingredients in labeled products. As a voluntary partnership program, Safer Choice brings all interested parties together to advance sustainability in chemical products. More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label.