Friday, June 6, 2008

Improving Schools

Out With the Red Pen, in With the Green
House passes bill to green up schools

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would put more than $20 billion over the next five years toward improving energy efficiency in schools. Democrats say the modestly named 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act would save school districts billions in energy costs. In addition, said Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), it will "make the facilities safer, cleaner, and better for the learning environment these children need." The White House has threatened to veto over what it sees as "an inappropriate and costly new federal role in modernizing and renovating public schools."

The bill.

From Steve Israel's web site

Rep. Israel Praises House Passage of Legislation Providing Over $557 Million to Modernize and "Green" New York Schools
Wednesday June 04, 2008

Bill Would Also Create Over 9,400 Jobs in New York by Reviving a Struggling Construction Industry While Fighting Global Warming

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) today praised House passage of legislation that would help renovate and modernize public schools by providing funds for schools to “go green.” Israel has been a leading voice in Congress for the need to reduce property taxes and our dependence on foreign oil by greening our schools.

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