FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 25, 2014) – Today, the Palmetto Green Schools initiative applauded the passage of S. 975 by the General Assembly which recognize that the last Saturday of each September is the Green Apple Day of Service in South Carolina.
Since its inception in 2011, the Green Schools Caucus has grown to include nearly 50 members and last September dozens of legislators took part in a variety of projects at schools across the state.
Senator Ray Cleary, (R-Georgetown), the chair of the caucus, said, “The resolution the General Assembly passed shows that making our schools sustainable and healthy is an issue on which both parties can agree. The Palmetto Green Schools initiative teaches our children to lead healthier lives while also focusing on the STEM courses that will prepare them for the 21st Century workplace.”
“In addition to being an excellent tool for learning, green schools save taxpayers money,” noted Adrienne Montare, Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute for Architects, a partner in the Palmetto Green Schools initiative. “A typical green school saves enough money for the salaries of two teachers and to pay for 5,000 textbooks.”
“The resolution by the SC state legislature is a positive step forward in the Green Schools initiative,” said Dan Gerst,, Communication Chair for the South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council. “By embracing natural resource and energy conservation in schools, our elected officials are sending a strong message to the state about the importance of sustainability and for that, we are thankful.”
About Palmetto Green Schools
The mission of the Palmetto Green Schools initiative is to launch and sustain the state’s first green schools program. This is not only an effort to “green” our state schools but also to create a healthier and more successful learning environment for SC students by focusing on activities such as reducing waste, reducing energy costs, and increasing awareness and energy policies and procedures across the state.
Contact: Alan Hancock