Watch an introductory video to the Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings
Thinking of going green?
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Children deserve healthy, safe places to grow and learn
- measure your setting's greenness
- evaluate your practices
- take steps toward improvement
- inform families about the benefits of green child care
- contribute to children's potential for long, healthy lives
What green means in early childhood settings
- air quality
- cleaning products
- pests and pesticides
- lead and other contaminants, such as plastics, formaldehyde, and fire retardants
- stewardship and green living, including recycling and waste reduction
The Go Green Rating Scale Handbook explains the science and research behind each item in the rating scale and provides support to help you make the proper changes to create and maintain an environmentally healthy and safe setting.
Go Green Rating Scale is for every childhood setting
It pays to be green
- Providing the healthiest environment available to growing children
- Young children are vulnerable in their early years. Developmentally, they are susceptible to environmental hazards that may affect their potential for long, healthy lives. The Go Green Rating Scale delivers powerful information about products and practices that can seriously impact children's health and well-being.
- Increasing attendance and staff productivity
- Poor indoor air quality can lead to absent employees, sick children, and lost efficiency in your business. Many remedies for poor indoor air quality are simple, cost effective, and have lasting benefits.
- Improving you market incentives
- Many child care programs are in a competitive market/ Distinguishing the unique characteristics of your business may lead to increased tuition receipts and market share, or to attendance stability
- Gaining positive social recognition
- Be recognized in the community as a progressive, green, healthy, and safe setting. The Go Green Rating Scale Handbook provides sample letters to inform families about the benefits of your green program.
Ready, set, go green!
Meet the Author
Phil Boise is the director of GreenCare for life, non-profit organization that promotes environmental quality and stewardship in early care, elder care, schools, parks, agriculture, and the home through positive incentives. He has worked extensively over the past twenty-five years with child care programs, schools, parks, landscape professionals, and ranchers on all elements of sustainable resource management. He is an integrated pest management specialist, a trainer and educator, and has written several guidebooks and training curriculum. Phil graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz and holds degrees in biology and environmental studies.
How to go green
Go Green Rating Scale
for Early Childhood Settings
Children are vulnerable in their early years, and, developmentally, they are susceptible to environmental hazards that may affect their potential for long, healthy lives.
Go Green Rating Scale
for Early Childhood Settings Handbook
After completing the Go Green Rating Scale, use the Go Green Rating Scale Handbook to take the proper steps toward improving your score.