Sustainability

spring8Sustainability at The Open Center for Children

Sustainability encompasses an awareness of the need to preserve the environmental, social, and economic landscapes for future generations. As the EPA states, “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment…Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.” 

Our children are at the center of this perspective. At the Open Center, we acknowledge and prioritize the importance of sustaining our world in a state in which our kids can be healthy, happy, and well.

 

 

 We do this in a number of ways: 

  • We have a Sustainability Committee made up of parents who advise the Board and the Director on the health of the products used in the Center, the foods consumed, and the activities undertaken. 
  • We try to encourage and expand recycling efforts; our snack and lunch cups, bowls, and utensils are all recycled as part of daily practice.
  • We’ve replaced Styrofoam products with recyclable (and healthier) options. 
  • We’ve reduced the number of plastic bags utilized by distributing reusable bags to all families for taking home sheets and artwork at the end of the week.
  • We purchase non-toxic paints, carpets, and floor varnishes.
  • A yoga class is held for all of the children each week.
  • We’ve joined the MA Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Team.
  • And much more!

We’re always looking for new ideas and new ways to make the Center more sustainable. If you’re interested in participating, sharing any thoughts, or want to know more, do not hesitate to contact the center.

 

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We would like to extend a huge thank you to Flip & Tumble for donating reusable bags for our cubbies! We now use 30 fewer plastic bags per week!