In a bid to equitably direct state resources towards urgently needed clean energy upgrades, over 700 educators, 169 health professionals, over 60 students, labor advocates, and 35 organizations submitted letters today urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to support SB 394 (Gonzalez), which would create a master plan for sustainable and climate-resilient schools.
We are a coalition of education, climate, health, youth, labor, civil rights, and business leaders. Our mission is to ensure school buildings and grounds are sustainable and resilient to equitably support student health, safety, learning, and well-being in a time of rapidly increasing extreme weather. California will neither achieve nor sustain carbon neutrality unless our public schools are transformed into sites of climate mitigation and energy efficiency. No matter how successful we are at reducing future emissions, climate change is, and will continue to be, a crisis of health and opportunity for California’s children. Schools must prepare students to live and lead in a world that is being fundamentally re-shaped by climate change.