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Renew America’s Schools grantees invest in clean energy and energy efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Renew America’s Schools Program in 2022, a grant program created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure law that will distribute $500 million over five …

Keys to Success: How leading states have charged ahead in school bus electrification

Across the country, the humble yellow school bus is going green. According to data from the World Resources Institute’s Electric School Bus Initiative, 8,675 electric school buses (ESBs) have been …

Miami-Dade centers sustainability on what matters most: students

Over the past few years, Generation180 has been supporting and uplifting the clean energy progress underway at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the third largest public school district in the …

Pennsylvania town powers workforce training with the sun

The city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, located 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, earned a reputation during the Industrial Revolution as a leader in steel production and rail manufacturing. The historic coal …

Walking the walk: climate leadership at the largest school district in the country

As the largest school district in the country, serving over 1 million students and maintaining more than 1,800 school buildings, New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) has the potential to …

LAUSD paves the way for electrifying K-12 school vehicle fleets

As the second largest school district in the United States serving nearly half a million students, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is leading the K-12 education sector in electrifying …

Underfunded Pennsylvania school district shines as a clean energy leader

Near the state capital of Harrisburg lies the town of Steelton, Pennsylvania, the home of America’s first steel company and the birthplace of an industry that has long relied upon …

Portland students push for climate justice and carbon neutrality

In March of 2022, after six years of student protests and community campaigning, Portland Public Schools (PPS) in Oregon passed a sweeping climate policy, PPS Climate Crisis Response, Climate Justice, …

Driving green instead of yellow: An interview with the first electric school bus driver in Maine

With significant investment from federal and state governments, the math on electric school buses now pencils out. Electric school buses are a cleaner, safer alternative to dirty diesel buses—and cheaper …

California School District Responds to Climate Emergency with Energy Resilience

This case study was originally published in the 3rd edition of Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. K-12 Schools (2020). This story was updated September 2022.  When Santa …