Stimulus Funds Mean Newer, Greener Schools

May 19, 2009

By Cynthia San Miguel, HSC Intern

If your school has been considering going green, now is a great time. With the recent passage of the stimulus plan, schools have access to at least nine different funding opportunities and four different tax credit bonds to repair, renovate, and go green.  These funds mean that more schools can become more up-to-date, energy efficient and healthy for all students.

To find out more about available funding, check out the detailed chart assembled by our friends at the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities [pdf], research funding in your state, or check out the Obama administration's resource on funding for school buildings.

Already, we are seeing schools tap into this funding to make repairs and go green. California is already taking advantage of zero interest bonds and the Build America Bonds, which have helped restart 5,000 projects that have been on hold since December 2008.  In San Diego, schools are making technology upgrades. 

Are your schools taking advantage of stimulus funds to go green? We'd love to hear about your experiences.