First Greening Preschools Seminar Scheduled for August 20th in Tampa Bay

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HOW SAFE ARE OUR CHILDREN'S PRESCHOOL FACILITIES?

First Greening Preschools Seminar Scheduled for August 20th in Tampa Bay

Tampa, Florida (MMD Newswire) August 4, 2009 -- Area child development and green, sustainability experts will be heading a free three-hour seminar on Thursday, August 20th at the Embassy Suites, 555 North Westshore Blvd. in Tampa Bay.

Participants will learn how to create a healthier, sustainable and environmentally friendly childcare facility.

Sponsored by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Green Schools League and The Green Consulting Firm, this first-ever Tampa Bay Green Schools Initiative Seminar is limited to maximum of 80 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The seminar is from 9 a.m. to noon.

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The conference will address:
• How to create a toxic-free environment
• Children's environmental health
• Green cleaning and sanitation policies
• How to use resources sustainably
• Energy-efficiency and alternatives
• Green building design
• Environmentally sound school supplies
• How to reduce, reuse and recycle
• How to create a green, healthy space including schoolyards and gardens
• Rethinking school lunch and snacks
• How to find farm-to-school organic produce
• Environmental education
• Hands on place-based learning
• How to involve children in greening their schools

Natalya Calleja, head of The Green Consulting Firm LLC and event organizer, said that child care facilities play a very important role in children's lives, communities and the environment. She also said that child care facilities must protect children ages one to seven because they are especially vulnerable to environmental risks and it starts with the air they breathe.

"We want to see Tampa child care facilities getting involved," she said. "As a mother of an extreme preemie, it is my personal mission to advocate for all children vulnerable to environmental risk. We work with parents, schools and businesses to help create a cleaner, greener, healthier and sustainable environment. We educate others about environmental hazards and we will soon serve as a voice that will help shape the policy decisions that impact our children's environments and well-being".

In addition to Calleja, expert speakers include Matt De Vlieger, Florida Field Organizer for Greenpeace USA; Stan Stoudenmire, Environmental specialist with the Pinellas County Health Department; David Angel, RPA, FMA Vice President ACI Facility Maintenance, Inc; Bill Muller, B.S., M.S., Certified Green ConsultantTM and energy auditor; Brian Curry, Director of The Sustany Foundation and Suzanne Haerther, LEED® AP Consultant representing LEED for Schools.

For more information or to register, visit www.greenschools.vpweb.com.

Contact: Green Consulting Firm LLC
Phone: 813-317-0382
register@greenschools.vpweb.com

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