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Funding for Green Schools Passes in the House

The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 2187) was passed by the House of Representatives on May 14th, 2009. The Act would authorize $6.4 in funding for school facility modernization, renovation and repair projects that create healthier, more energy-efficient and sustainable learning environments. A majority of funds must be spent on projects that meet green building standards, such as CHPS. The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 2187 encourages energy efficiency in school facilities and the use of renewable resources. It requires school districts to report on the energy savings achieved as well as educational and environmental benefits of modernization projects. States would receive funding to administer the program and create a database of school facility modernization projects including data on repair needs, energy use, carbon footprint and plan to improve energy efficiency.

The Act would also provide additional aid to Gulf Coast schools still recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many of these schools’ students are still in temporary classrooms.

Supporters of H.R. 2187 include American Federation of Teachers, American Association of School Administrators, Council for Educational Facilities Planners, United States Green Building Council, AFL-CIO, Rebuild America’s Schools and of course, CHPS.

For more information and to see estimates of the amount of funding that each state and school district would receive under H.R. 2187 if it were to be enacted, visit: http://edlabor.house.gov/blog/2009/05/the-21st-century-green-high-pe.shtml

Funding for Green Schools Passes in the House~order=2009-05-31
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