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o o o Kids are more vulnerable than adults and face greater exposures. Children spend 1/3 of their time in school/childcare, 90% of their time indoors, yet indoor air quality is on average 2 to 5 times more polluted. "EcoAware Moms" market represents more than $1.45 trillion in buying power.

1. Improve indoor air quality
o The big offenders: paint, wood, carpet, furniture, and fabrics can all off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, or other harmful chemicals. o Develop a fragrance-free policy for staff, students, cleaners, and school supplies o Leave shoes at the door. Open windows. Get plants. Resources: Learn more at the invaluable Canadian Partnership for Children!s Health & Environment: or with EPA IAQ Tools for Schools.

2. Clean up the cleaning routine
One of the easiest ways to improve indoor air quality is by greening your cleaning routine. Floor polish, bleach, and common cleaners can often contain dangerous chemicals and fragrances. Resources: A school can buy products certified green by Green Seal or EcoLogo. Learn more: The Green Mama Green Cleaning Cheat Sheet:

3. Find alternatives to anti-bacterial hand-soap
The American Medical Association, Health Canada, and the US EPA all recommend against using anti-bacterial hand soap. Resources: Health Canada Read more at

4. Improve school lunches
Pesticides on food have been linked to asthma, birth defects, developmental disorders, kidney & liver damage, cancer, endocrine disruption, and early onset of puberty. Always buy organic: meat & dairy, dirty dozen fruits & vegetables, and baby food. Get familiar with the Environmental Working Group. This years worst: Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Nectarines, Bell Peppers, Greens, Potatoes, Grapes, Carrots, Green Beans, Pears, Plums, Summer squash, and cucumbers. Better: onion, avocado, frozen corn & sweet peas, pineapple, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes. Resources: EWG!s OR

5. Phase out plastics
The exposure levels to plastic by-products for N. American kids are among the highest in the world and are linked to serious health effects. Safer alternatives include: glass, stainless steel, all-natural rubber, cotton, and wool. Resources: Shop at Learn more at

being a centre of green by hosting other green activities and events. CFL or LED light bulbs. Common ways to save: insulation. green development days. documentation through pictures/photos/chalkboard/signs. even a small daycare can create a HUGE mess. It!s healthier and can save parents $30/week and a dumpster (or two) of landfill waste (and costs) for the childcare facility. Worm bins? Outdoor composter? Strawbale or cob bench? Waste audit? Nature art? 12. What we!ve seen work: Webletters.enchanted-forest. An energy audit will show where to get the most savings. Save money in your old school through energy conservation. Get ideas for doing your own energy audit or greening your school building at www.000/ year in direct costs. 10.healthytoys. Get greener toys 1/3 of children's toys contain toxic materials. Communicate your green efforts. Energy Star appliances. Shop at www. sending the green home.bynature. Get green school supplies Kids and teachers are exposed routinely to toxic solvents such as xylene and neurotoxins found in fragrance. and other supplies are usually made with or at www. and toys that use batteries. or www. Toy recalls are an issue but so are plastic toys. At a diaper change approximately every hour and a half. Having fun is important too. Mention you attended the CCRC Green Your Daycare 101 class and get a thirty-minute consult on greening your childcare centre for FREE. asking parents for help.greeningschools. You-pick-it. If you sound like you are having fun you will! Visit www. toys made with formaldehyde-containing and www. Learn more at for more information on how to green your childcare centre or your Start communicating what you are doing as you do 11. Non-toxic options are available. Resources for integrating going waste free into curriculum include include: www.nrdc.chej. Crayons.coolschoolchallenge. Resources: Learn more about green schools and green building.6. “It!s the easiest thing we did” said the Little Green or make your 9. operable windows.greenschoolbuildings. and addressing phantom loads. Go waste-free The average grade school generates 45kg (99 lbs) of waste per pupil per school for all edible ingredients. www. . Chicago!s greenest corporate daycare.babynaturopathics. motion or light sensors. Green your school building/save energy resources A typical green school saves $100. and LEED at www. Resources: Find out which of your toys are really safe at www. Start using cloth diapers. Resources: When shopping look for the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) AP label. molding 8.