Green Schools Caucus
Established in 2010 by unanimous votes in both the House and the Senate, the Kentucky Green Schools Caucus is fostering important dialogue on green schools in the legislature. Formed by Rep. Jim DeCesare (House District 21 – Warren County) and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (House District 34 – Jefferson County), the caucus is a catalyst for forward-thinking state legislators to coordinate, educate and reach out to their colleagues and constituents about the many benefits of green schools. From construction to renovation to curriculum to operations and maintenance, the caucus will serve as an information resource for this increasingly sophisticated and complex public policy area.
With support from the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council, the Caucus empowers state legislators to work together and with their constituents to take advantage of opportunities to make our schools greener, our students and teachers healthier and our communities stronger. The Green Schools Caucus hosts regular briefings on the benefits of green schools, supports policy discussions, creates opportunities for caucus members to work to advance legislative and programmatic goals together and equips members of the Kentucky General Assembly with resources for their constituents. Caucus members and their staff also participate in educational programs to learn what is going on nationally and in their districts, including site visits to green schools and educational panels with teachers, architects and school officials from across the state.
State legislators can contact the Caucus Co-chairs or their staff to be added to the Kentucky Green Schools Caucus roster.
For more information about the Kentucky Green Schools Caucus and ways to support its expanding efforts, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representative Jim DeCesare receives USGBC Leadership Award in Public Sector
On October 23, 2014, at Greenbuild Expo in New Orleans, Kentucky State Representative Jim DeCesare received the USGBC Leadership in the Public Sector. This award recognizes Rep. DeCesare’s dedication to green schools in Kentucky, where he leads the bipartisan Green Schools Caucus and efforts to unanimously adopt resolutions in support of green schools. His efforts helped Kentucky become the home of the nation’s first net-zero school. Listen to Representative DeCesare’s green schools story in his own words.
Kentucky Green Schools Caucus Events
- NEW Green Schools Presentation - Rep. Jim DeCesare
Rep. Jim DeCesare (KY Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair) recently presented to Tennessee's House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee about Green Schools