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2009 Senate Bill 904: Revise "green schools" criteria

Public Act 301 of 2010

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.   Official Text and Analysis.
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.
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 10, 2009 (same description)
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.
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
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.
Received in the Senate on December 2, 2010
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 2, 2010 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 16, 2010

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