UPDATE: Green and Healthy Schools for Massachusetts

Massachusetts school buildings may get healthier and less polluting if the Massachusetts legislature incorporates green and healthy school standards for renovations and rehabilitation of existing school buildings and construction of new schools.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

Massachusetts school buildings may get healthier and less polluting if the Massachusetts legislature incorporates green and healthy school standards for renovations and rehabilitation of existing school buildings and construction of new schools.

According to K-12 Undaunted, Massachusetts 2800 school buildings have 186 million square feet of building area. The estimated operational emissions from school buildings alone contribute 880,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually in the Commonwealth.

This week, Environment Massachusetts signed onto a letter urging state lawmakers to include of Green and Healthy Schools in the final climate bill they aim to pass.

"Every school built without incorporating green & healthy school criteria is a missed opportunity to reduce the pollution that's warming our planet and making kids sick," said Environment Massachusetts director Ben Hellerstein. 

Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.