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Supt Torlakson: $33 Million More Available to Help Schools Go "Green"

State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson - -a former teacher and coach – has announced that qualified school districts and county offices can submit their requests for a share of $33 million more in funding to cover the costs of energy efficiency projects.

The funds are part of the moneys for this purpose voters approved in November 2012 by passing Proposition 39.

“These funds help provide our districts with the resources they need to make sure our schools are both energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” Torlakson said. “Not only does this give our students greater opportunities for future success, it helps strengthen the community through the creation of dependable jobs.”

Schools have already received about $145 million for needs assessment and project planning, according to the California Department of Education. Among other things, the funds will go to upgrades at schools that will reduce operating costs and enhance the health and safety of students and staff.

More information is available at California Department of Education’s Proposition 39--California Energy Jobs Act web page or the California Energy Commission’s The California Clean Energy Jobs Act web page.

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