For Immediate Release: January 19, 2016
Contact: Chris Tyler
Organization: Kentucky Green Schools Coalition
Founding Meeting of Kentucky Green Schools Coalition a Success
FRANKFORT, KY – More than 30 individuals representing 30 organizations, agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and government offices took part in the first ever meeting of the Kentucky Green Schools Coalition on January 14th in Frankfort, KY.
The goal of the meeting was to promote a holistic green schools agenda and outline the leadership needed to move the coalition’s initiative forward. The Coalition members will create opportunities to coordinate efforts, learn best practices, conduct research, develop outreach materials, and support initiatives that promote green schools. Green schools support, through operations and instructional time, reduced costs, limiting or alleviating harmful environmental impacts, promote student health and embrace wellness, and environmental education in the classroom.
Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D) said of the coalition, “Our children are Kentucky’s greatest asset, and providing a healthy, happy, green school for them is vital to helping them grow, learn, and become productive Kentucky citizens. I am so thrilled that a diverse group of stakeholders have come together to advance the progress of building green schools in Kentucky.”
“I’m excited to be a part of the new Kentucky Green Schools Coalition,” said Representative Jim DeCesare (R). “As Co-Chair of the Green Schools Caucus, I think this Coalition will help with our goal of having a green school in every Kentucky county by 2030, saving money and resources for our school districts.”
Kentucky Green Schools Coalition is a strategic alliance of leading education, environment, and health organizations and agencies working to advance the vision that all children will attend a green school within a generation. The Coalition seeks to bring together the Commonwealth’s strongest advocates for creating a statewide infrastructure of green schools that are healthy, high performance educational institutions (preK through postsecondary).