Friday, September 16, 2011

Bill Increases Energy Efficiency in Oregon's Schools

Bill 2960 is bringing energy efficiency upgrades to Oregon schools. The bill enabled school districts to apply for low cost financing to pay for energy efficiency upgrades in schools.

Utility bills are one of the largest expenses for most Oregon school districts and are growing about 10 percent every year. Upgrading older buildings improves efficiency, ventilation and lighting while riding schools of mold and asbestos.

“Cool Schools is a triple-win for Oregon,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “The program will bring family-wage jobs, cost savings, and better learning environments to schools in communities across the state.”

These types of efficiency measures have been proven to decrease absenteeism and improve student test scores.

This bill also creates green jobs, for every $1 million invested in energy upgrades the state estimates that 15 jobs are created.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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