Green Practices

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As an educational community, we encourage and promote awareness of environmental responsibilities and implement practices that contribute to a clean and non-toxic sustainable future.

EHCC_TEMP_logoWe are endorsed by the Children’s Environmental Health Network as a certified Eco-Healthy Child Care®  provider. This award-winning and science-based endorsement encourages healthier and safer environments in child care facilities. To receive this national endorsement, we are required to follow the program’s best practices, which also immediately benefit the health and well-being of children in our care. The Eco-Healthy Child Care program focuses on protecting children from harmful chemicals that are commonly found in homes and child care facilities. Find out more by visiting www.cehn.org/ehcc.

The Eco-Healthy Child Care program assesses 30 critical care factors, which include:

  • Using only non-toxic art supplies approved by the Art and Creative Materials Institute
  • Avoiding any playground equipment made of CCA treated wood
  • Avoiding toys containing PVC and bottles/sippy cups containing BPA
  • Using drinking water that comes from a reverse-osmosis filtration system
  • Recycling all paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles
  • Creating opportunities to educate our families about healthy practices

In addition to the above, we go beyond with practices that include:

  • Bringing children’s awareness of the environment through daily practices, resources and interactions
  • Teachers modeling sustainable practices and recycling as part of the daily routine
  • Maintaining a ‘Trash-Free’ school. Meaning, what is packed in goes home unless we can recycle it
  • Paperless hand washing practice (we air dry instead of wasting paper towels)
  • Furniture and accessories made of natural materials and fibers are often used over plastic
  • Using low-VOC paint
  • No glue or toxic chemicals in the hard wood flooring
  • All treatments for wood play structures are non-toxic and Earth friendly
  • Having high efficiency low-voltage lighting
  • Using washable plates and cups for snack
  • Native landscaping requiring less water
  • Eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning solutions
  • Low flow toilets and faucets
  • Digital communication over paper printing whenever possible

 

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