February 29, 2012

(Denver) –Rep. Andy Kerr’s bill save schools money by encouraging energy efficient standards in schools failed in the State, Veteran & Military Affairs committee today on a party-line vote.

HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. A. Kerr (D-Lakewood), would have given numerous options for school districts to align with energy efficient standards when building new schools. This will save money for school districts in the long run and provide a better learning environment for Colorado students.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign, U.S. Green Building Council and the Colorado State University Institute for the Built Environment all had representatives testify in defense of the bill citing the reasons above for their support.

“Millions of dollars have been saved by districts that have implemented policies to build energy efficient schools,” Rep. A. Kerr said. “If all districts did this, think of the money we could save and put back in the classroom. We should be as smart as we can when building schools and dedicated to saving every penny possible to put back in to the classroom for Colorado students.”

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