New Einsteins Academy is proud to provide an eco-friendly
operation and strives to ensure that our environment is as
healthy, safe, and green as possible.
Facility – Chicago’s
Green Depot was our supplier for environmentally friendly
building materials. All of the paints used in our facility are
odor-free with zero-VOC, floors are made of cork and our
cabinets have no off-gassing compounds. We adhere to the
policy of low energy consumption by using high-efficiency
appliances and CFLs.
Classrooms – To achieve
excellent indoor air quality and reduce the children’s
exposure to toxins, NEA uses non-toxic, sustainable and
non-allergenic materials throughout the facility. Our
furniture is made of wood that comes from responsibly managed
forests and passes the most stringent tests for indoor
emissions. All of our classrooms have abundant natural light
and all of the play and craft paper that we use is recycled.
Toys - We carefully choose toys, art
supplies, and learning materials that are free from harmful
chemicals and lead. We make every effort to select toys that
are made from sustainable materials and come from manufactures
that demonstrate environmental responsibility.
Food and kitchen - - Our food is catered by
Gourmet Gorilla, Inc., which obtains all of its produce from
certified organic purveyors, and local, urban and rural
sustainable farms. The meats are free range, grass fed and all
natural. They have not been subjected to artificial growth
hormones and antibiotics, or artificial preservatives. Gourmet Gorilla avoids GMO where possible and is a nut free facility.
Ingredients come from local farms whenever possible and oils
with trans fats are never used.
We use shatterproof glass dishes and stainless steel forks and
Toileting and Diapering – Low-flush toilets are
installed in our bathrooms and recycled unbleached paper napkins are provided for drying hands. We use Bambo Nature diapers and wipes, which are the
only baby diapers with a certified eco-label, called the Nordic Swan
Cleaning – We use earth-friendly cleaning supplies
and least toxic sanitizing products when it is required by state and
Pest control – Health Department requires a monthly
maintenance inspection for pests. We hired an environmentally-safe pest
control company, A-Plus Pest Control, Inc, They offer all-natural, green
alternatives (cedar oil, natural enzymes, etc.) to the dangerous
Educating our staff – NEA management
always shares its “green” ideas and best practices with our
entire team. We provide information and tips for going green
on the road, at home and, of course, at work by addressing
such issues as energy and water use, recycling in the school
and at home, reducing the use of disposable cups, plates and
takeout containers, and eliminating plastic water bottles.
Recycling – We reuse and recycle as much as possible.