"Fifty for Fifty" Initiative to Engage State Legislators in
Every State to Develop Green Schools Caucuses
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(September 4, 2008) Washington, DC - Today, the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC) kicked off its "Fifty for Fifty" initiative
working with state lawmakers in all 50 states to promote green school
buildings. The Council's goal is for every state legislature in the nation
to have its own caucus or working group of lawmakers advancing green
schools for kids. Inspired by the successes of the Congressional Green
Schools Caucus, the initiative will build on widespread participation in
USGBC's LEED for schools program, which has over 1,000 green schools
registered across the U.S.
At an event held this afternoon in Washington, DC at the National Press
Club, the "Fifty for Fifty" Initiative provides state legislators with:
- Up-to-date information and developments in green building including
trends, cost-benefit studies and incentives offered by localities to
advance and promote green building
- Networking opportunities with like-minded legislators across the
- Opportunities for partnerships with experts in their communities,
from architects to engineers to contractors
- Opportunities to present best practices and successes in regional
and national forums
State legislators launching the initiative will include:
The Honorable Karen May, Illinois
The Honorable Mary Brandenburg,
The Honorable Patricia Haddad, Massachusetts
Kenneth Plum, Virginia
The Honorable Mimi Stewart, New Mexico
Honorable Jeremy Kalin, Minnesota
"For students and families across the country, more green schools
ultimately mean more effective educational facilities, significant
operating costs savings, a better environment, and healthier communities,"
said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. "The
caucuses will add the significant weight of their voices to this
critically important effort. If we're successful at creating green schools
for every child, no matter his or her economic bracket, we'll raise a
generation of smart, healthier, inspired kids."
"Green school buildings and a supporting curriculum around their
economic, environmental and societal benefits will prepare our students of
today to live in tomorrow's resource constrained world. Energy
conservation will be a part of daily life in the future. It's not enough
to tell students that fact. We need to give them multiple opportunities to
learn how to be more environmentally conscious and why it matters so
much," said the Honorable Kenneth Plum, Virginia.
As the school year begins, nearly 1,000 school buildings - from Tacoma,
Wash., to Tallahassee, Fla., - will have met or are seeking LEED green
school certification, with applications growing at a rate of more than one
per day. The total number of square feet of LEED certified and registered
school space will exceed 100 million square feet as the school year gets
underway, according to new figures released by USGBC.
For more information, visit http://www.buildgreenschools.org/.
About the U.S. Green Building Council:
U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose
vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its
membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government
agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC's founding in
1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and
organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building
certification systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's
popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
(www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates
and organizing groups. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org/News/.