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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2010

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR MOLLOY COLLEGE TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS ACROSS LI - SET TO RECEIVE $450,000


Funding Would be Used to Integrate Clean Energy Action Plans in School Districts

Schumer Worked Closely with Subcommittee to Include Funding in FY2011 Spending Bill

Bill Will Now be Sent to the Full Senate Appropriations Committee

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill which includes $450,000 for Molloy College. The funding will be used to establish Clean Energy Action Plans to create sustainable schools on Long Island. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year’s spending bill.

 

“This funding will allow Molloy College to create sustainable solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of Long Island schools – and ideally lower schools’ energy bills,” Schumer said. “This is an outstanding opportunity to reduce air pollution and decrease energy dependence while educating students and the community about sustainability. I will fight to see this funding through the full appropriations process.”

 

The main efforts of the Long Island Sustainable Schools Project will be directed towards encouraging and assisting school boards in developing and adopting Clean Energy Action Plans while seeking to improve the cost effectiveness of energy retrofits. The program will demonstrate methods and technologies to reduce air pollution, fight global climate change, increase energy independence and reduce long term operating costs associated with energy use. Ultimately, the program seeks to reduce the school portion of property taxes.

 

Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee which is set to pass the bill this afternoon. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.

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