Green schools advocacy begins in the communities, at the grassroots level, with parents, teachers, students and others making their voices heard on the importance of healthy, environmentally friendly schools that promote learning and save school districts money.
But there is also an important role for national leaders to play. Federal leadership helps fund research on the benefits and best practices of green schools, and it sends the message nationwide that green schools are good for everyone.
Congress takes the lead
That national view has led to the formation of the Green Schools Caucus in the House of Representatives. The Green Schools Caucus, formed by Reps. Darlene Hooley, D-Ore., Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, aims to raise awareness of the benefits of green schools, lead the policy discussion on the topic in various forums, create legislative opportunities for the collective efforts of the caucus members, and provide members of Congress with constituent outreach resources. Caucus members and their staff will participate in educational programs to learn what is going on nationally and in their districts, including site visits to green schools and educational panels with teachers, architects and school officials from across the country.
Learn more about the Congressional Green Schools Caucus.
Green schools near you
The Green Schools Caucus shows that the effort to promote schools that are healthy, protect the environment and nurture learning is truly a passion that spans the country and crosses political lines. To find out how the green schools movement is catching on where you live, browse the Green Schools Maps.
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