Tell chemical lobby: STAY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS!
Help us keep Ohio’s schools healthy and efficient. Tell the Ohio Senate to vote NO on SCR 25, because it threatens the health of our schools, our children and our teachers. This resolution, put forward by the chemical lobby, would end Ohio’s nation-leading green schools program.
What is SCR 25?
Ohio Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 (SCR 25) is a chemical lobby-backed attempt to end all healthy, efficient public buildings in the state, and most notably, our state’s nation-leading green schools program. It would ban LEED, Ohio’s preferred building standard, for ensuring public buildings – including K-12 schools and universities – are healthy for students and teachers, resource efficient and save taxpayer dollars.
The chemical lobby wants to keep chemicals in our schools. If we don’t stop them, their resolution will:
End our state’s nation-leading green school building initiative.
Jeopardize the investments made by hundreds of Ohio businesses and to deliver healthy and efficient buildings, products, materials and services across the state and region.
Threaten not only the health and well-being of Ohio’s 1.84 million public school students, but also undermine Ohio taxpayers’ commitment to fiscal responsibility in a tough economy.
SCR 25 falsely claims that LEED and its consensus-driven development process lack transparency. In fact, the well-funded chemical industry lobby has been very publicly fighting transparency for years.
A BRIGHT SPOT FOR OHIO!
Prior to 2007, Ohio school facilities were graded amongst the poorest in the country. It was a wake-up call for Ohio leaders to find a better way.
Since then, Ohio has become the national leader in green school building, with nearly 100 new schools constructed and hundreds more are on the way. This is more than any other state!
Each of these schools has earned at least LEED Silver certification. This means these schools are carefully designed and built to keep health, efficiency, air quality, and optimal learning environments in mind – not to mention saving Ohio taxpayers millions of dollars and reducing their overall impact on the environment.
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Stop the Chemical Lobby’s Attack on Green Schools!
The chemical lobby-backed resolution, SCR 25, would gut the state’s celebrated green building programs. The resolution is being pushed by the chemical lobby, because they are frustrated with one new, optional, LEED credit that would give architects, designers, and our school districts extra tools to help make informed decisions about the materials we do (or don't) want to put in our buildings. The chemical lobby is determined to shut out LEED altogether so they can keep the door wide-open for undisclosed chemicals in public buildings and schools.
The bill is up for a hearing this Tuesday, February 11, 2014! We need your help to stop the rollback of years of progress toward healthy, efficient schools for Ohio’s children. Sign the petition to tell your senator to vote NO on SCR 25. Please let your family and friends know that their state senator needs to hear from them, if we want to keep healthy and efficient schools a reality in Ohio.