Assembly Bill 841 (Ting): School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program
AB 841 (Ting) is important legislation that would help school facility and maintenance departments by providing grants to improve HVAC systems, which is a critical healthy air quality issue to schools reopening in the COVID-19 era, as well as grants to improve drinking water quality. CASH is in strong support of this legislation (click here to view CASH support letter).
We thank State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for his on-point OpEd in the Sacramento Bee today.
“It is not often that we have an immediate need and can make an immediate impact with legislation. But Assembly Bill 841, known as the Healthy Schools for a Healthy Recovery Bill, will help do just that. AB 841, written by Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, will make schools safer in the time of COVID-19, save schools money, put people to work today and generate cleaner air for communities — all at no cost to taxpayers.
AB 841, which awaits the governor’s signature, will have an immediate impact by providing funds to fix, replace and upgrade old and inefficient HVAC systems to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and repair and replace old, inefficient water fixtures that might leach lead into drinking water.”
We hope you will contact the Governor today to encourage his signature on AB 841. He has until September 30 to act.
- Reopening schools in the COVID-19 era presents many challenges. We are concerned are not only with hard surface cleanliness and disinfection, but more broadly that indoor air quality will be such that their child could be infected because of the air expelled by another child or adult. Indoor air quality is a critical issue to reopen and safely operate schools, and parents are concerned about sending their children to schools this fall. [Insert site-specific examples if possible].
- AB 841 would create the School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program which would provide grants to make critical investments in energy efficiency, healthy indoor air and water quality. For this reason, the [Insert your school district] strongly supports AB 841 because we believe that investments in healthy learning environments are vital as school leaders and local communities contemplate reopening and operating in the face of COVID-19.