(Seattle, WA) Mayor Mike McGinn, Representative Hans Dunshee, and Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Maria Goodloe-Johnson stood together at Green Lake Elementary today to discuss how recent funding from the state legislature for school retrofits will create a healthier learning environment for kids. 

Funds from Department of Commerce grants and the Buildings, Technology, Academics II levy will now improve Green Lake Elementary’s learning environment.  The school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, building controls and the steam heat boiler will be replaced, and energy efficient lighting will be installed. The school currently has unstable heating and cooling and the rooms typically overheat, the boiler is 40 years old without any backup system and the lighting systems are not efficient.

(Seattle, WA) Mayor Mike McGinn, Representative Hans Dunshee, and Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Maria Goodloe-Johnson stood together at Green Lake Elementary today to discuss how recent funding from the state legislature for school retrofits will create a healthier learning environment for kids. 

Funds from Department of Commerce grants and the Buildings, Technology, Academics II levy will now improve Green Lake Elementary’s learning environment.  The school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, building controls and the steam heat boiler will be replaced, and energy efficient lighting will be installed. The school currently has unstable heating and cooling and the rooms typically overheat, the boiler is 40 years old without any backup system and the lighting systems are not efficient.

“Green schools improve kids performance on standardized tests by 5-26 percent” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “And the investment creates good local jobs.”

More than 50 Seattle Public Schools will receive energy-efficiency upgrades through $14 million in energy grants awarded to date from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction.

Seattle Public Schools received 17 energy-efficiency improvement grant awards for a total of $8.46 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce and 3 grant awards for a total of $5.58 million from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“These improvements will give our students and staff a healthier, stable and more productive learning and teaching environment,” said Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D. “These cost savings will result in long-lasting paybacks to the District, and we will also be reducing our carbon footprint.”

“It is really great to see this money on the ground improving schools now, making them more efficient and putting people to work,” said Representative Hans Dunshee.  “This money supported projects to make sure we knew how to have the highest accountability in the grant process and get the best projects going.  These projects are great examples of how it’s done right.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here