Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act

May 15, 2009 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

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Holmes Hepner & Associates Architects

The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act passed in Congress, which will provide funding for energy efficient investments in Tampa Bay area schools.  Schools can use the money to make classrooms more energy efficient and to update science labs, libraries and technical education facilities.

In a release, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa said “Buildings, classrooms and educational technology will be updated.  The goal is to provide modern classroom environments that prepare students for careers in the 21st century”.

The Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act should create approximately 136,000 jobs around the country.

Hillsborough County schools are expected to receive a $19.1 million grant through the legislation. Manatee County schools are slated to receive about $4 million and Pinellas County schools nearly $11.5 million.

Money provided by the bill would be in addition to the $1.8 billion now available for Florida schools under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the release said.

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Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

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To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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