Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings Handbook



The Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings Handbook corresponds directly to the Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings and provides steps toward environmental improvement to prevent inadvertently exposing children to hazardous chemicals and conditions. This comprehensive handbook explains the science and research behind each item in the rating scale; defines the most important elements of going green; and offers concrete measures, graduated goals, and practical guidelines. It also provides information and sample letters to inform families about the benefits of green child care settings. Together, Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings and Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings Handbook will help early childhood professionals create and maintain healthier environments for growing children.


“...[Go Green Rating Scale’s] focus on safe and healthy conditions for children outside of the home is beneficial for the wellbeing of our next generation...[It] successfully educates providers to clearly communicate their conscious values.”


—Nora Pittenger
EcoTuesday Minneapolis Ambassador














“This straightforward guide provides easy-to-follow recommendations...to begin proactive commitment towards developing healthful child care environments based on sustainable principles. This guide advances the green environmental movement that supports better living.”



Sara Rothholz Weiner, AIA, LEED® A.P.
Associate Principal
Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN


"The Go Green Rating Scale is an impressive resource to help reduce the health and environmental hazards that can sometimes be found in early childhood settings. Because of children's vulnerability to such hazards, progress in this area is so important. it is commendable that such an important resource is available through Redleaf Press."

-Cheryl Baldwin, PhD
Vice President of Sciences and Standards
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