On November 29, President Biden, through the U.S. Department of Energy, announced that applications are open for the Renew America’s Schools grant program. This first-of-its-kind investment will enable K-12 public schools to make clean energy improvements and upgrades that will lower energy costs and foster healthier learning environments.
The grant provides a total of $500 million in funding. The first round of grants will provide up to $80 million for schools to install energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems, improve the insulation of their facilities, switch to electric vehicles, and convert facilities to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. This investment is part of the Biden Administration’s broader Action Plan for Building Better School Infrastructure. The program aims to help create better learning environments, lower utility costs, and redirect those funds to better support students and teachers.
Interestingly, school facilities are the second-largest sector of public infrastructure spending, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, yet school buildings are reported consistently as aging, unhealthy, and inefficient. Schools can apply for funding through the Department of Energy. While the deadline for applicant concept papers has past, complete applications are due by April 23, 2023.
As always, CGA Law Firm has a dedicated group of attorneys who stay apprised of developments to ensure your school’s staff and administration are up to date with the latest news in education and school law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Taylor Baublitz or any other CGA Education Law attorney.
Taylor M. Baublitz
Taylor M. Baublitz joined the CGA legal team in the spring of 2022. Taylor provides general legal services to individuals and businesses in the areas of education, litigation, municipal law, employment, and estate planning and administration.
In 2019, Taylor completed her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law. During Taylor’s time at Duquesne, she served on the Appellate Moot Court Executive Board and was a member of various societies, including the Education Law Society. Taylor also worked as a certified legal intern for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Allegheny County Veteran’s Court, completing almost 400 hours of Pro Bono/Public Service.
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