Public school buildings around the country could receive billions of dollars for renovation and modernization under legislation recently approved by a House committee, FacilitiesNet reports. The House Education and Labor Committee passed the 21st Century High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 3021), introduced by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky. The legislation would provide funding to states and school districts to help ensure school facilities and learning environments are safe, healthy, energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and technologically advanced. H.R. 3021 would authorize $6.4 billion for school renovation and modernization projects for fiscal year 2009 and would ensure school districts quickly receive funds for projects that improve schools’ teaching and learning climates, health, safety, and energy efficiency. To further encourage energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources in schools, the bill would require most funds for school-improvement projects meet widely recognized green-building standards, and it would encourage states to help schools track their energy use and carbon footprints, among other things…

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