US schools to get green makeovers

Green Cross’s US arm, Global Green, has held its annual Green School Makeover Competition, which has been won by a school in Texas. The competition recognizes schools that promote energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste and educate children on recycling.

The Texas School for the Deaf, in Austin, won the competition and received US$65,000 in funding to upgrade its facilities with a view to protecting the environment.
With the funds received through the Green School Makeover Competition, the school plans to:
  • Update facilities to allow for energy efficient upgrades.
  • Reduce water usage and consumption by installing hands-free faucets in lavatories and collecting rainwater in barrels to be used for watering the school grounds.
  • Initiate waste reduction tactics.
  • Educate students on recycling.
  • Four runner-up schools will each receive $2,500 towards their proposed sustainability upgrades.
Read the full Global Green press release.
Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of high-level advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organisations in over 30 countries.

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