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Letter to the House of Representatives urging support for green schools legislation (H.R. 3021)

May 07, 2008

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to support and cosponsor the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 3021).

This important legislation will help states and local school districts repair and modernize public schools - essential to equipping America's students to succeed in the global economy of the 21st century. It encourages compliance with the U.S. Green Building Council's standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and keeps decision-making at the local level. Equally important, it will provide an economic stimulus that helps create more than 100,000 new jobs for people who design and build schools - everyone from roofing contractors and construction workers to architects and engineers.

The average American school was built half a century ago. As a result, too many of our children attend overcrowded schools housed in buildings with leaky roofs, faulty electrical systems, and outdated technology. Communities cannot build schools fast enough to accommodate growing student populations.

We urge you to support and cosponsor H.R. 3021 to stretch the limited resources of state and local school districts, continue essential education programs, equip America's students to succeed in the 21st century, encourage schools to become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, and help create more than 100,000 new jobs in construction-related services.


Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy