The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a $6.4 billion bill to fund school modernization and make schools more energy efficient.
The bill, which passed 275 155 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
According to the House Education and Labor Committee, the legislation also would make schools part of the program to boost the U.S. economy and fight global warming by "creating clean energy jobs that will help put workers in hard-hit industries back to work," said a committee report.
Under the bill, school districts would be required to spend an increasing portion of the funds they receive, beginning next year, for projects consistent with identified green building systems, including the LEED green building certification system, said the U.S. Green Building Council in a press release. The bill requires that 100% of the funds must be dedicated to green projects by 2015, the final year of funding.