We’re thrilled to announce our new Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2023 Meeting today, paving the way for the education sector to take climate action. We commit to expanding our “Solar for All Schools” program to six new states over the next three years. Through this commitment, we will provide support and technical assistance in more states to help schools understand the benefits they can receive by adopting clean energy and to identify opportunities to fund these projects.
Learn more in the statement below.
National clean energy nonprofit, Generation180, announces a new Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2023 Meeting today, hosted by President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton Foundation. Generation180’s CGI commitment will focus on expanding its “Solar for All Schools” program to six new states over the next three years.
“We have a vision for all K-12 school districts across the country to access the financial, educational, and health benefits of clean energy in the next decade,” said Wendy Philleo, Executive Director, Generation180. “We are committing to making this vision a reality, and we are calling upon a global community of leaders and doers to join us. Our schools can be the spark that inspires climate action in every community and models how we achieve a brighter future powered by clean energy.”
This Commitment to Action will expand Generation180’s signature “Solar for All Schools” program across six new states and set a goal to initiate at least 30 new solar projects at K-12 schools over the next three years. With a projected solar potential of over 15,000 kilowatts, these solar projects could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 10,000 tons per year or generate enough electricity to power nearly 2,000 homes each year.
At its annual meeting in New York on Sept. 18 and 19, 2023, the Clinton Global Initiative convenes its worldwide community of Commitment Makers. Generation180 is joining a cross-section of global leaders and innovators who are announcing more than 140 new commitments focused on climate resilience, health equity, and inclusive economic growth.
With a vision to power all U.S. K-12 schools with 100% clean energy, Generation180 is paving the way for the education sector to take much-needed climate action. K-12 school buildings in the US emit an estimated 60 million metric tons of CO2 pollution each year, which is the equivalent carbon dioxide pollution of 150 methane- fired power plants. Solar energy is not only an impactful solution in fighting climate change, but it also offers a budget solution for schools that reduces energy costs and provides a tool for enhancing STEM learning and workforce training.
Generation180 develops both national resources and state-level campaigns to help schools address the institutional, financial, and policy barriers that block or delay solar adoption. Through this new commitment, Generation180 will be providing support and technical assistance in more states to help schools understand the benefits they can receive by adopting clean energy and to identify opportunities to fund these projects, including through public-private partnerships or by leveraging new federal financial incentives through the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Generation180 is calling on the CGI community of doers to join this effort to help nationwide K-12 schools transition to clean energy and model for our youth, families, and communities how we build a brighter future together.