Cleaner Air and Water for Schools with Proposed Michigan House Bill Package

A group of Michigan lawmakers has proposed new legislation that could impact the health and wellness of students across the state. The seven proposed bills target K-12 public school districts to increase protections for indoor air and water quality, site environmental quality, address enhanced lighting and energy performance standards and include a process for expanding classroom-based environmental literacy.

The bills, introduced by State Reps. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, Darrin Camilleri, D-Brownstown Township, Kristy Pagan, D-Canton, Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, and Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights will move to committee for further development. Their further development offers promising conversations on how to save money on energy bills, reduce operating expenses, and improve the quality of classroom environments.

“So if we want our kids to be healthy enough to attend school and to do well in school, then we need to make sure they have a healthy school environment,” Chang said. “These bills outline steps our schools and the state can take, such as my bill that addresses school sitting, to create a healthier physical environment for our students.”

The legislators also announced the formation of the Better Classroom Caucus, which Rep. Wittenberg will chair, to address environmental and health factors in schools. The Ecology Center will be following this effort and encourages healthy, high-performance investments in our classrooms and the students and teachers they support.  

Published on September 27, 2017