June 5, 2013 – The South Carolina Green Schools Caucus held their first gathering this legislative session on Wednesday June 5th at the State House, Gressette Building. The purpose of the meeting was to recruit new members and enlist members to participate in the upcoming worldwide Green Apple Day of Service following the SC Green Schools Summit on September 26th.
Established in 2009 by former Senator Phil Leventis, and now Chaired by Senator Ray Cleary and Co-Chaired by Senator Katrina Shealy, the South Carolina Green Schools Caucus is fostering important dialogue on green schools in the legislature. The Caucus brings together leaders across political parties from around the State, and currently has a total of 39 Senate and House members.
The South Carolina Green Schools Caucus is a catalyst for forward-thinking state legislators to coordinate, educate and reach out to their colleagues and constituents about the many benefits of green schools. These high-performance schools enhance the physical environment for student learning, conserve energy and water, and save taxpayers’ money. This policy area includes construction and renovation of buildings as well as school curriculum, operations and maintenance.
Volunteers from the US Green Building Council South Carolina Chapter, the American Institute of Architects South Carolina, the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International South Carolina Chapter staff the Caucus. These supporters help State legislators work together and with their constituents to take advantage of opportunities to make our schools greener, our students and teachers healthier and our communities more sustainable.
The Green Schools Caucus breakfast and drop-in enlisted 12 legislators to host Green Apple Day of Service projects within their district schools. Green Apple Day of Service is a worldwide event that will take place on Saturday, September 28th. This day of service gives individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to help transform all our schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places. The Green Apple Day of Service will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. Our SC Green Schools Caucus of legislative champions will demonstrate the strength and breadth of our movement, leaving a meaningful and lasting local impact on our South Carolina schools. For more information on Green Apple Day of Service please visit: mygreenapple.org.
To learn more or for more information on the Green Schools Caucus, please visit: www.scgreenschoolscaucus.com. For more information on the SC Green Schools Summit, please visit: http://bit.ly/11SpKTt. For information on how you can get involved or volunteer please contact Melissa Le Roy at 843-329-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org