Child Development Center Endorsed As Eco-Healthy Provider

Posted: January 20, 2012 at 5:03 am, Last Updated: January 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

The following information was provided by Auxiliary Enterprises

Child Development Center director Tina Morris with the Eco-Healthy Child Care endorsement. Photo courtesy of Auxiliary Enterprises

The George Mason University Child Development Center has been endorsed as an eco-healthy child care provider.

Eco-Healthy Child Care is a national program run by the Children’s Environmental Health Network created by the Oregon Environmental Council. The program ensures child care settings are as healthy, safe and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxins.

To become endorsed, a provider must comply with at least 24 out of 30 items on the Eco-Healthy Child Care checklist. The program looks at environmental health topics such as waste management, radon, mercury, air quality and awareness.

Tina Morris, director of the Child Development Center, says, “As young children develop, they learn how to care for themselves and they eventually expand their awareness to the immediate world around them. At Mason’s CDC, we offer them the opportunities to learn how to plant food, water it with recycled rainwater to help it grow and to use the food to feed themselves or others who have no food. We also teach them about composting and recycling.”

She adds: “We are hopefully planting the seeds that will allow them to grow into adults who can not only meet the needs of their generation but will learn to do so without compromising the ability of the next generation to do the same.”

“Participation in this program speaks to the CDC’s dedication and commitment to environmental health and sustainability,” explains Dan Waxman, assistant to the executive director of retail operations in Auxiliary Enterprises. Mason’s CDC is an area under AE Green, the umbrella sustainability program for Auxiliary Enterprises.

The CDC hopes to build off the momentum of this endorsement and move forward with other sustainable projects, including possible expansion of the CDC garden.

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