Renovating and modernizing public schools and updating our environmental education curriculum have enormous potential to create good jobs, save school districts money, and educate students about their natural environment.
Public schools have long been a neglected part of our infrastructure system. It's time to lift them up as of the clean, green, resilient environments we need at the heart of our efforts to rebuild a nation that is better able to address climate change.
Students sitting in classrooms today are the future of the American economy. They will be the ones building, designing, teaching, selling, implementing, and maintaining all the facets of industries that will drive the global economy.
Today, the BlueGreen Alliance congratulates 64 schools and 14 school districts across the country for being honored as Green Ribbon Schools award recipients.
The day before the State of the Union address, BlueGreen Alliance leaders called on President Barack Obama to launch a national dialogue on climate change and to make it a top priority in his second term.
Thanks to a series of energy efficiency improvement projects, the Green Bay Public School District in Wisconsin has saved an estimated 46.5 million-kilowatt hours of energy, million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and $9.7 million.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released July unemployment statistics, showing the economy gained 163,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate went up to 8.3 percent, demanding fast action on clean energy job creation measures.