Schools May Get Funds to Go Green

It's time to green up classrooms and schools. (Photo: ChiccoDodiFC/Shutterstock)

The United States House of Representatives has included funding to help K-12 schools go green in its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $14 billion in funding will help schools make upgrades to ensure a healthier environment in which the nation's children can learn. Not only will this benefit the children, teachers and employees at the school, it will also lead to the creation of more green jobs.

“This bill would play a vital role in ensuring our nation is able to maximize scarce education resources by cutting school utility costs, all while nurturing student and teacher health, creating an ideal learning environment, helping secure our nation’s energy future, protecting our environment against climate change and wasteful use of resources, and creating a generation of people who make responsible, healthy, green choices,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC Source USGBC

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also includes $2 billion for green job expansion in the environmental science and research fields, $300 million to make energy-efficient upgrades to Job Corps facilities across the country and $800 million to help clean up superfund sites.

Although the price tag on this Act is hefty, the dedication of funds for making energy efficient renovations to the nation's schools is sorely needed. For more information on other provisions in the House version of the Act, read the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act press release on the U.S. House of Representatives website.