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Going Green in ECE

This section of the website is created to support early childhood programs in their efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and conserve energy.   Below is a list of resources and ideas to help programs determine ways to pursue “going green” at their early childhood location.

A Kid’s Guide to Recycling Fun
A guide to recycling activities for kids, with links to many pages of resources.

“Greening  Early Childhood Centers” Resource Guide
(published by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation / CT Children’s Investment Partnership)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
(Educational resources can be found on the students and educators page)
For 30 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

(A resource of The National Gardening Association)

CT Green Schools
Includes information in a 12 Step approach to Greening K-12 schools.

CT Energy Education
Includes lesson plans and activities including conducting your own energy audit.

Funding and Support for “Green” Initiatives

State and local organizations are a great resource to find funding, grants, tax incentives and other support for green/energy efficient improvements.

  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
    DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Local energy companies – Many offer FREE energy audits for an existing center.  Many also offer incentives, rebates and discounts for certain high- efficiency improvements.
  • CT Energy Info – includes information about energy use and incentives

Go Green websites (for kids activities and classrooms)

Also, visit our blog for a TON of “green” ideas from many early childhood bloggers by visiting our Earth Day blog hop!

It is our goal to make this the most comprehensive listing of “green” resources available.  If you know of a group or organization that is not listed here, please let us know. Send us the information and we’ll research the listing and add it if appropriate.

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