The U.S. Green Building Council recently 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. The initiative will build on widespread participation in USGBC's LEED for schools program, which has over 1000 green schools registered across the U.S.

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.
  • Opportunities for partnerships with experts in their communities, from architects to engineers to contractors.
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded legislators across the country.
  • Opportunities to present best practices and successes in regional and national forums.
  • “Additional green schools ultimately mean more effective educational facilities, significant operating cost savings, better environment, and healthier communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. “The caucuses will add the significant weight of their voices to this critically important effort.”

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