Friday, September 16, 2011

Go Green Rating Scale and Handbook: A Review

Everywhere you turn around these day's you will see advertising, documentaries, books and more about
"green living". Whether you are being encouraged to recycle, compost, shop with reusable grocery bags or carpool, saving the Earth seems to be the way to live life now a days. And "green living" is now the acceptable thing to do in the Early Childhood Classroom.

For years, early childhood education professions have used a variety of rating scales, such as E-CERS (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, to assess their learning environment in order to make it most effective for a child's learning. Recently the Go Green Rating Scale was created to help early childhood professionals assess the "greenness" of their spaces.



About The Go Green Rating Scale:

As an early childhood professional, you work hard to create a safe and nurturing environment for young children. Understand what is safe, environmentally friendly, and healthy when it comes to products and practices used in your program with the Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings. This comprehensive, research-based, accessible rating scale defines "green" through a self-assessment of your setting's environmental health.


Sixty-four guidelines evaluate practices or conditions that may be present in your facility, with categories including:


*Air quality management
*Cleaning products and practices
*Pests and pesticide management
*Chemicals found in plastics
*Chemicals, found in soaps, lotions and sunscreen
*Lead and other contaminants
*Green living and stewardship




About The Go Green Rating Scale Handbook:

If you are using the Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings to help evaluate the environmental health of your program, this handbook provides a road map for improving your score on every scale. As the companion resource for the Go Green Rating Scale, it explains how to improve the conditions in your facility and provides guidance as you work toward a greener, healthier environment.


Refer to this resource, as you evaluate your site, for in-depth information on how to verify every administrative, health, safety, and stewardship topic addressed in the rating scale. The handbook includes:


*background information that thoroughly explains the issues addressed
*criterion-by-criterion descriptions of the rating scale's language and intent
*clear directions on how to verify the information needed to evaluate each scale
*specific actions to improve your score
*sample letters to inform families about the benefits of your green early childhood program
*resources to help guide your activities
*inspection and activity schedules



About The Author:


Phil Boise is the director of GreenCare for Life, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental quality and stewardship through collaboration, education, technical support, and positive incentives. He is an integrated pest management specialist, a trainer and educator, and has written several guidebooks and training curricula. Phil graduated from the University of California - Santa Cruz and holds degrees in biology and environmental studies.


For additional information and resources for the Go Green Rating Scale go to www.gogreenratingscale.org

My Review:

A very thorough scale that can be used for virtually all child care programs. I felt that it is not necessarily appropriate for a family child care program as a whole, but was able to use many parts, with very little adaptation needed. Very well organized and very easy language is used as well, with extensive explanation for each area.

One downfall is that although I try to be as "green" as possible in my household, there are certain things that, due to Provincial regulations, I cannot do (using natural cleaning solutions for example) but by using many of the ideas and recommendations in the Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings I will do my part to be green!

A great resource that I highly recommend.

BUY IT: You can purchase the Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings and Handbook, either separately or as a set, online through Red Leaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of the above books, courtesy of Red Leaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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