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Ashkin in DEAL to Promote a More Sustainable ISSA Trade Show

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BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Because more than 16,000 people are expected to attend the upcoming ISSA/Interclean tradeshow in Las Vegas, which begins Monday, Sept. 11, Stephen Ashkin, an advocate for sustainability in the jansan industry, is providing the following tips to make this the greenest, most sustainable ISSA convention ever.

·         Energy: It will be hot in Las Vegas so when leaving your hotel room, turn off or at least turn-up the thermostat. There is no need to cool the room (and waste energy) while you’re at the convention. Also, close window blinds to reduce the greenhouse effect and don’t forget to turn off the lights, TV, radio and other electronic devices.

·         Water: Drink lots of it (I know this is a discussion about environmental conservation, but health takes precedence). Consider taking a refillable insulated bottle which saves water, materials/packaging and money – and it keeps the water cold. Also, change hotel towels and bed linens only as needed. And be conscious about water-use during showering, brushing teeth, shaving, etc. Remember that every drop matters as there will be 16,000 of us in Las Vegas.

·         Support Housekeepers: If any group is going to appreciate housekeepers it should be us. So, as you would tip the servers at a restaurant or bar, please consider leaving a tip for your housekeepers. Include a note thanking them for keeping your room clean and healthy.

·         Food: One of the biggest environmental impacts is the food choices you make and how much you eat. Unnecessary consumption is bad for the planet and your waistline. And don’t forget to eat some greens, which have a lower environmental footprint compared to meat, and it’s good for you.

·         Transportation: Walk and use public transportation as much as possible. ISSA offers shuttle buses to the convention center, and Las Vegas has a tram, which could be convenient depending on where on the strip you’re staying. And if you must drive or take a cab, share it with others.

·         Dematerialize (source reduction): Try to minimize the brochures that you take from the exhibitors. Instead, ask them to email the information to you which will save a lot of trees, and is a means to observe the vendor’s responsiveness. Think about it – if it takes them three months to email you a brochure, how responsive do you think they’ll be if you really need something?

·         Innovation: Specifically ask exhibitors what they are doing that is green (further reducing potential negative impacts on health and the environment). Now that Green Cleaning products are widely available, ask what’s new and innovative (from a Green perspective).

“I hope everyone enjoys the show,” said Ashkin. “I’ll be working out of ISSA Resource Center Booth 4900 supporting their Distributor Efficiency, Analytics & Learning program (DEAL). I hope to see you there.”

For more on the ISSA/Interclean North América 2017 convention and exhibit, go to www.issa.com.












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