US cities urge congress to do more for green schools

A coalition of city mayors and green builders has asked the Federal government to do more to make the countries schools environmentally friendly.

Congress recently passed legislation that will commit billions of dollars to support an environmental overhaul of public schools.

But the US Green Building Council and US Conference of Mayors is urging congress to commit more funding to research the economic, environmental and health benefits of green schools.

The Green Building Council also commended the USCM for its leadership in passing a green schools resolution, showing its unwavering support of greening America's schools.

At its annual last week, USCM adopted the "Make Green Schools a Reality" resolution, which supports building, repairing and making operations and maintenance improvements to schools throughout the US by using tools like the LEED green building rating system.

"The US Conference of Mayors has been a strong supporter of greening America's schools, and the green schools resolution takes one giant step in the direction of enhancing the learning environments for America's students, teachers and administrators that go to school every day," said Rick Fedrizzi, president of the USGBC.

USGBC has been developing its own National Green Schools Campaign, which is committed to promoting and supporting federal, state and local initiatives that advance the green school building movement, including support of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus, and USGBC's "50 For 50" Green Schools Caucus Initiative and Mayors' Alliance for Green Schools.

For more information on green schools, including USGBC's LEED for Schools Green Building Rating System, visit

Sam Bond



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