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Green preschools on the rise

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Louise Lacombe-Morneau, a teacher at Le Petit Paradis, helps children make play dough using all-natural ingredients. (Courtesy of Le Petit Paradis)


A 3-year-old sifts flour that will be used to make play dough from scratch. (Courtesy of Le Petit Paradis)

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Students at Le Petit Paradis roll out play dough that they made from all-natural ingredients. (Courtesy of Le Petit Paradis)


Helena, 5, pours juice squeezed from an organic orange. (Courtesy of Le Petit Paradis)

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As energy awareness and conservation gain public support, preschools in New York, Oregon and even South Dakota are among thousands of schools nationwide to adopt green practices into their business models and teaching curriculums. Last year, 526 schools registered for green certification, up from 21 schools in 2002, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, a private group that is considering certification for more than 1,000 schools around the country.