Schools Get a $6.4 Billion Green Upgrade

schosMy school was so outdated we had encyclopedias in the library that read, “Someday we’ll send a man to the moon.” So I doubt it was all that green.

Hopefully that’ll all change, because The House just passed a $6.4 billion school modernization bill that will devote money to build and update more energy-efficient school buildings.

Not unlike my college dorm room. Advocates of the bill said all students and teachers deserve a safe and healthy learning environment, but too often schools are literally falling apart.

The passage of the bill wasn’t all chocolate and roses. Opponents of the legislation, mostly Republicans, grumbled at the high price tag, but the money will come. Supporters of the bill say green schools save $100,000 a year on operating expenses and the typical school lasts 40 years.

However, the challenge is changing people’s perception. Most people think green schools cost more up front, but eco-friendly builders insist they do not.

Sounds like a sweet deal to me. Finally my old school will get that VCR they’ve been eyeballing!

Via CNN.

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