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.