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.
The Go Green Rating Scale addresses these issues and is a way for you to evaluate your practices to create a healthier environment. It outlines a research-based, comprehensive set of standards for green child care. These standards are measurable and graduated, leading you up the scale toward the healthiest environment possible. Categories evaluated in the rating scale include:
- 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