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house Bill H.R. 762

Should the Dept. of Energy Help Schools Become More Energy-Efficient?

Argument in favor

School administrators — who have many competing demands on their time — would benefit from a “one-stop shop” to help them navigate the maze of federal programs to help make their schools more energy efficient.

burrkitty's Opinion
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03/05/2019
I’ve always thought it was foolish that we have these enormous buildings sitting primarily empty all summer and we don’t have solar panels on the roof. Especially the schools that have the metal roofs. The peel and stick solar panels were DESIGNED FOR THOSE ROOFS. Why?
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davidf's Opinion
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03/05/2019
Local taxpayers focus on schools and local government in how their tax dollars are spent. The more energy efficient schools can become, the more the students and the taxpayers benefit. Supporting this should be an automatic.
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NorthTexas's Opinion
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03/04/2019
Frankly we need to retrofit schools with solar panels where appropriate. We have vast rooftops That could be in the very least supporting electrical needs of the school. We have old buildings that don’t hold heat or cool in and that needs to be fixed. That can’t happen without money. If we fix it and improve them that’ll save money in the long run.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) already publishes a comprehensive guide to increasing energy efficiency in K-12 schools, in addition to providing a list of resources and case studies on its website. There’s no need to duplicate efforts at the Dept. of Energy.

Jason's Opinion
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03/05/2019
This is a state or local matter; no federal government need apply.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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03/04/2019
This is a state issue and the Federal budget is barely able to support the school systems now as is without the need to put more fingers from the Federal government into school policy. Instead, allow the states to drive initiatives to help schools out since the state governments are more directly linked with the school systems and the people associated with them. Keep the Federal government out of the school systems.
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Alyssa's Opinion
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03/05/2019
I think the local government should do something to help schools evoke more energy efficient. Solar panels in the summer sound like a great idea!
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    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2019
    I’ve always thought it was foolish that we have these enormous buildings sitting primarily empty all summer and we don’t have solar panels on the roof. Especially the schools that have the metal roofs. The peel and stick solar panels were DESIGNED FOR THOSE ROOFS. Why?
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    This is a state or local matter; no federal government need apply.
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    Local taxpayers focus on schools and local government in how their tax dollars are spent. The more energy efficient schools can become, the more the students and the taxpayers benefit. Supporting this should be an automatic.
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    Frankly we need to retrofit schools with solar panels where appropriate. We have vast rooftops That could be in the very least supporting electrical needs of the school. We have old buildings that don’t hold heat or cool in and that needs to be fixed. That can’t happen without money. If we fix it and improve them that’ll save money in the long run.
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    To my representatives: Please support this bill seems positively innovative to me.
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    I say the Department of Energy should do its job. Being tasked to create a “one stop 🛑 shop” for schools 🏫 is a fantastic idea. School Administrators have too muck on their plates to be trying to distill knowledge from a multitude of disparate policies.
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    Sure. What may benefit schools more, is to change the financial legislation, such that allows schools to utilize Operational budgets to build schools, additions and new buildings as LEED Platinum certified, so that the future operating budgets start to decline, due to energy efficiencies. Currently, they receive massive budgets to build new facilities that are traditional and conventional, without incorporating new energy-efficient technologies, to reduce future operating expenditures. This is largely due to politics and those who are continuing to fight, what they deem as”Liberal” philosophies.
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    It is a good thing that the implementation of renewable energy will be established at educational institution, be that colleges, universities or K-12. This would also be an excellent learning experience for the students, when they see that renewable resources are used, so we can help save the environment.
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    School administrators need any and all support that they can get. I’d be in support of and recommend the passage of this House Bill H.R. 762 AKA the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2019 which would direct the Dept. of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy and Renewable Energy to establish a clearinghouse for disseminating information about programs and financing mechanisms to help schools initiate, develop, and finance energy efficiency, distributed generation, and energy retrofitting projects. School administrators — who have many competing demands on their time — would benefit from a “one-stop shop” to help them navigate the maze of federal programs to help make their schools more energy efficient. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻WhyNot👍🏻. 3*4*19..........
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    H.R. 762 deserves the support of everyone. The budget of the Department of Energy is enormous and facilitating the retrofitting of schools to be more energy efficient is something the DOE should be doing. The more proactive we are the better chance we have of slowing the climate crisis before we reach the next tipping point. Climate change deniers need to take a deep breath and get a grip on reality.
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    Yes, but please include getting schools in shape for the changing climate. Let’s try to be a bit more proactive when it comes to the FUTURE of our schools, please.
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    This is a state issue and the Federal budget is barely able to support the school systems now as is without the need to put more fingers from the Federal government into school policy. Instead, allow the states to drive initiatives to help schools out since the state governments are more directly linked with the school systems and the people associated with them. Keep the Federal government out of the school systems.
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    Our schools should take a lead in the move to clean, renewable energy use and energy efficiency.
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    Absolutely, all public government buildings should be moving to non fossil fuel based energy.
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    Yes we know the EPA now headed by a climate change denier and coal lobbyists will not help anyone become more energy efficient so I guess it only makes sense for the Department of Energy to take over and do something constructive. Saved money in energy to be used directly for pupils books and supplies. This can be a win win for all.
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    Brilliant idea - saving money in the long run.
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    I think the local government should do something to help schools evoke more energy efficient. Solar panels in the summer sound like a great idea!
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    Fighting Climate Change is not a state issue. This is a HUMANITY ISSUE. Not to be left to the states. That’s just dumb Republican BS such as “we need to do more studies” . No act now!
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    We pay enough in school tax money schools should be able to upgrade. School buildings are not utilized all day, so lighting would be the only up grade. HVAC should already been take care of. Most school administrations DO NOT use tax money wisely. So I disagree with this proposal. Fir example Washoe County School District is 49 million in debt due to mismanagement.
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    The federal government should make legislation for the country. Schools are managed locally, this is a local government issue and concern. If the local municipality knows what it can afford and should know what it must do to balance its books. A federal government mandate could bankrupt a school district. A federally managed program would be another tax and spend with no accountability nightmare. Where it would be another never ending tax revenue.
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