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April 2016 Grants News

Getting Serious about Sustainability 

Pros help schools conserve 

WASTE NOT: With help from Green Schools Alliance, the Maspeth High School Green Club in Queens created new recycle-awareness messages to improve the cafeteria waste station.
Quick quiz: What is the second-biggest expense in schools nationwide? Hint: Think heating, air-conditioning, and lights, especially in buildings that opened decades ago. 

Schools spend an estimated $8 billion on energy every year, more than on computers and textbooks combined. Districts have conservation plans and sustainability directors, but need help meeting green goals. 

With $100,000 from The Trust, the nonprofit Green Schools Alliance will expand a program tested in New York City to 25 districts across the country. It will help public schools from San Diego to Kansas City measure and meet conservation goals. 

They’ll join a national competition to save energy and reduce waste. 

The Alliance developed expertise while working with schools in 53 countries. It will train staff and students to use a software program to track water and energy conservation upgrades, green roofs, and recycling and waste-reduction measures. It will help schools apply to the federal Green Ribbon Schools program, which encourages sustainability. 

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