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2009 Senate Bill 904: Revise "green schools" criteria

Public Act 301 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Sen. Valde Garcia (R) on October 15, 2009, to revise the criteria by which a school may be designated as a “green school” and establish new levels of “green-ness” for a school, including “emerald” and “evergreen.” The new criteria specify in more detail various types of recycling, and add doing energy audits of the homes of students, engaging in letter writing or lobbying campaigns on environmental issues, offering classes in energy or environmental issues, creating a student environmental organization and “eco reading” program, and much more. Some criteria of the current “green school” statute are not included, such as hosting a Sierra Club spokesperson, students dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators and checking bus tire pressure, etc.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee on October 15, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 8, 2009, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 10, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on December 10, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Great Lakes and Environment Committee on December 10, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on February 16, 2010, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rebekah Warren (D) on December 2, 2010, to not give extra credit for recycling plastic water bottles, batteries and computer waste. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2010.
  4. Passed 62 to 38 in the House on December 2, 2010, to revise the criteria by which a school may be designated as a “green school” and establish new levels of “green-ness,” including “emerald” and “evergreen.” The new criteria specify in more detail various types of recycling, and add doing energy audits of the homes of students, engaging in letter writing or lobbying campaigns on environmental issues, offering classes in energy or environmental issues, creating a student environmental organization and “eco reading” program, and much more. Some criteria of the current “green school” statute are not included, such as hosting a Sierra Club spokesperson, students dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators and checking bus tire pressure, etc.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 2, 2010.
  6. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 2, 2010, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 16, 2010.

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