Healthier, more energy efficient school buildings are on the horizon in Minneapolis. In an effort to harness the most innovative, cost-efficient technologies and solutions, I have signed the U.S. Green Building Council’s Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools. I am the first Minnesota mayor to sign onto the Alliance, and one of the first in the nation. It is my hope that joining this Alliance will further engage our community in the national dialogue on green schools, green jobs and sustainable infrastructure.
Every day new incentives and better solutions are available for greening our schools and this Alliance will help bring those innovations to Minneapolis. The Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools is a growing coalition, tapping the leadership and creativity of mayors across the country to promote the benefits and instill the practices of green schools. Developed with the USGBC, the Alliance is accelerating the implementation of programs stemming from the 2007 U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution calling for green schools for all children within a generation. A cornerstone of our agenda involves developing joint public-private partnerships with local businesses to enable schools to implement green roofs, solar panels, recycling programs and other green features in schools.
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