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Congressman Higgins Votes to Approve Bill Providing Green Improvements for Schools

May 20, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act (H.R. 2187). 

“Research has demonstrated a correlation between school building conditions and student achievement,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This is a good investment in our children and will at the same time create construction jobs and provide long-term savings for school districts and taxpayers.” 

The bill authorizes funding for school facilities projects that involve modernizations, renovation and repairs that create healthier, safer and more energy-efficient teaching and learning environments.  Funds are provided based on the same formulas used to provide Title 1-A grants. 

The bill provides $6.4 billion for schools nationwide, nearly $548.8 million to for schools in New York and over $22 million for schools in Congressman Higgins’ district.  Below is an estimated breakdown of how much local districts could receive under the proposal:

 Chautauqua County Schools   Estimated Grant
Bemus Point Central School District $55,000
Brocton Central School District $81,000
Cassadaga Valley Central School District $97,000
Chautauqua Lake Central School District $110,000
Clymer Central School District $118,000
Dunkirk City School District $599,000
Falconer Central School District $110,000
Forestville Central School District $54,000
Fredonia Central School District $100,000
Frewsburg Central School District $48,000
Jamestown City School District $993,000
Panama Central School District $92,000
Pine Valley Central School District $206,000
Ripley Central School District $31,000
Sherman Central School District $96,000
Silver Creek Central School District $126,000
Southwestern Central School District A $96,000
Westfield Central School District $97,000


Erie County Schools (In NY-27)                     
Alden Central School District $95,000
Buffalo City School District $15,358,000
Cheektowaga Central School District $275,000
Cheektowaga-Maryvale Union Free School $170,000
Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District $111,000
Cleveland Hill Union Free School District $176,000
Depew Union Free School District $163,000
East Aurora Union Free School District $61,000
Eden Central School District $61,000
Evans-Brant Central School District $228,000
Frontier Central School District $235,000
Gowanda Central School District $184,000
Hamburg Central School District $115,000
Holland Central School District $76,000
Iroquois Central School District $82,000
Lackawanna City School District $669,000
Lancaster Central School District $168,000
North Collins Central School District $51,000
Orchard Park Central School District $87,000
Springville-Griffith Inst Central School $148,000
West Seneca Central School District $390,000
 Total $22,012,000

Green schools typically uses 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than a conventional school.  Long-term savings from green buildings average $70/square foot each year.