Green School Construction Legislation
Voters of Grand Rapids, Michigan approved a $165 million bond initiative to improve their public schools in 2004, which resulted in the city having the most Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified schools in Michigan. They were also able to complete numerous other environmentally-friendly buildings, upgrades, and initiatives throughout the school system, potentially saving the city money in the long run.
Leaders in Grand Rapids are currently considering a similar bond initiative this year, and are currently debating the scope and specifics of the proposal. Three proposals currently exist, ranging from $41 million to $212 million dollars, mostly focused on high schools in the district. For comparison, the successful 2004 bond resulted in the construction or renovation of 11 elementary and middle schools.
Take Action Now:
If you would like to see renovations and construction of green schools in your own community, send a letter to your local school district about the importance and potential savings of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly upgrades.