Last month, 28 leading state legislators from across the country convened at the U.S. Green Building Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., for the second annual Green Schools State Legislative Summit.
Sponsored by the Turner Foundation as part of the 50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative, the Summit brought together lawmakers and critical stakeholders from the education sector for two days of idea generation, best‐practice sharing and communications training to advance effective state policies that promote the benefits of green schools.
In addition to comparing legislative approaches with their colleagues around the country, the lawmakers also discussed how the Center for Green Schools can best support their efforts to drive change in their states. A key part of the conversation focused on engaging the legislators with USGBC’s network of more than 30,000 chapter volunteers in our shared vision of putting every child in a green school within this generation.
Launched by legislators from six states in September 2008, the 50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative aims to foster a critical dialogue on the importance of green schools in every state legislature across the country. As of October 2010, the initiative had fostered the development of 32 state legislative caucuses or working groups. More about 50 for 50