As we gear up for 2015, our 45th anniversary, EDN has kicked off a two-year
“Green Cities” Campaign to accelerate the transition to a sustainably built environment;
reducing carbon emissions, increasing energy efficiency and raising awareness and knowledge about how cities and systems must adapt, evolve and innovate. With your help, our campaign is providing that
knowledge and inspiration and a roadmap
public awareness and build consumer demand
for energy efficiency and renewables
in our homes, businesses and communities through education.
concrete commitments for innovative and replicable initiatives
from key stakeholders such as industry and government around renewables, energy efficiency, and climate solutions.
Support 20 small US and global cities in their development of sustainability plans
while increasing constituency awareness and support.
Green Schools Campaign
In 2002, EDN created the first comprehensive green schools campaign in the United States. Our goal is to create a new generation of healthy, empowered, civically minded, inspired students; and to engage the greater school community to take on local, state, federal and global challenges. EDN and the William J. Clinton Foundation, along with the U.S. Green Building Council committed to greening all U.S. schools within a generation. We are focused on diverse, low-income urban centers with the potential for large-scale student, teacher and community engagement. We have worked successfully to improve federal, state, and local funding for a variety of green school laws and regulations
from bond initiatives to soda tax issues to national support for school gardens. Community-by-community, we have created demonstration projects to showcase energy efficiency, green building technology and the positive impacts of environmental education. With the passage of Proposition 39, California has launched a potential model for
helping green America’s sc
hools. The initiative, which passed in November 2012 with help from EDN in securing grassroots support from the Latino community, will generate roughly $2.5 billion over the next five years to be invested in energy efficiency upgrades in public K-12 schools and community colleges. However, state legislators in allocating the money failed to include funding for curricula and other
educational programming or outreach to take advantage of this “teachable moment.”
As a result, most capital investments
normally made during the summers when students, parents, and teachers are away, and occurring behind walls/ceilings
will pass unnoticed.