In Ohio, we’re proud to be number one in the nation for green schools, thanks to our state’s commitment to use the LEED green building rating system for new public facilities, including schools. LEED is the preeminent standard for buildings because it helps ensure they conserve energy, save taxpayer dollars and are healthier for occupants – especially for our school children. Why then, is the Ohio State Senate, specifically Sens. Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), introducing a resolution to ban LEED in all public construction projects? Resolution SCR 25 is a misinformed chemical lobby-backed attempt to reverse the progress that has been made to provide our children with healthy, safe places to learn.
We don’t think that one small, but very well-funded, segment of the building industry should be able to threaten the health and well-being of Ohio’s 1.84 million public school students or the vast community of Ohio businesses, workers and taxpayers who benefit from green school buildings. Currently, there are 549 LEED registered and certified K-12 and Higher Education projects in Ohio. If SCR 25 succeeds, the progress Ohio has made to ensure our students and teachers have the healthiest, most energy efficient schools will be jeopardized.
Ohioans are working diligently to convince their senators to vote NO on SCR 25. We are grateful for every call, email and tweet. No action to contact lawmakers is trivial or goes unnoticed. Please sign and share our petition to Senators to vote NO on SCR 25.
We have also launched a social media outreach campaign to inform Ohioans about the “harmful chemicals” resolution. Please share the petition with your friends and tweet to your followers. All 33 of Ohio’s state senators need to hear from their constituents, please reach out to them today.
It is imperative for the health and vibrancy of our communities across this country that we rally around this effort. If LEED is at risk in Ohio, it could be at risk in other states. We must stop SCR 25 so the well-funded and well-connected chemical lobby doesn’t gain momentum in their fight to end healthy, efficient building practices.
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