Back to School: Students and Lawmakers Work Together to Go Green

With kids all across the country heading back to school, and our legislators heading back to Washington, CRES takes a look back at some of the great initiatives our lawmakers have promoted to help schools save money and promote clean air and water for the next generation.

  • Earlier this year, Senator Susan Collins authored provisions of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act that would require the Department of Energy to coordinate and provide technical assistance to support energy efficient retrofits and renewable energy installations in schools. Read more about it here.
  • New Jersey’s Hillsborough Township Public Schools is starting the new school year with a series of energy upgrades that will not only help protect the environment but will save the district around $1 million each year – read about it here.
  • Last Earth Day, Rep. Mike Fitzpatick congratulated students, teachers and administrators of the Council Rock School District for their recognition as a national ‘Green Ribbon School’. Read about some of the great initiatives Council Rock and other schools have been engaging in to promote environmental awareness and reduce their impact on the environment, here.
  • In June this year, the House of Representatives passed the “Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act” with bipartisan support, including co-sponsor Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). Read about this important legislation, here.

It’s great to see our representatives coming together to pass common-sense legislation and supporting local initiatives, especially when they benefit the next generation of Americans.

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