Friday, May 15, 2009

Greener Schools Bill Passes U.S. House

A $6.4 billion dollar moderization bill overwhelmingly passed yesterday in the United States House of Representatives. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

According to the House Education and Labor Committee, the bill makes schools part of the effort to revive the economy and fight global warming by "creating clean energy jobs that will help put workers in hard-hit industries back to work."

Though critics charge that the measure is too costly and increases the role of the federal government in education, there are several benefits to greener school buildigns. These benefits include improving air and water quality, conserving natural resources, reducing operating costs and improving employee productivity.

The measure, if passed into law, would create an estimated 136,000 positions.

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