A statewide coalition of education, health, labor, and environmental organizations has just kicked off their Repower Our Schools effort to transition public school districts to entirely renewable energy. As the first step of this initiative, the coalition is urging two of the largest school districts in the state, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham Public Schools, to commit toward a goal of 100% renewable energy.
This Monday afternoon you are invited to come out to help deliver Valentines Cards to members of the Durham Board of Education, as a way of lovingly encouraging them to take steps to protect the environment our children will inherit.
Participating organizer Caroline Hansley says,
Imagine if every school in our country was powered by clean, affordable, renewable energy. Schools everywhere could have solar arrays on their roofs to power the classrooms, provide important learning opportunities for their students, and save critical tax dollars to reinvest in teachers, textbooks and new technology.
[There are many] reasons why schools should go solar: critical cost savings, STEM training for clean energy jobs, and health and environmental protections.
About the event:
WHAT: Delivering “we <3 clean energy schools” valentines to the Durham Board of Education
WHEN: Mon, February 16, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
WHERE: 511 Cleveland St, Durham, NC 27701
WHY: Check out their newest blog post for the reasons on why schools should go solar.
HOW: They will have t-shirts, stickers, and pencils folks can use to make your Valentines. They want each board member to receive a Valentine. Folks will sign in to deliver a public comment and say who they are and why the came to deliver a Valentine, and then walk over and give it to the board member they made it for. Each person should try to keep their comment to around one minute.
Find more info about the board members here:
Whoever makes the cutest / most creative valentine slogan will win a special prize!
Please meet at 4:15 if you have not made a valentine yet. We’ll bring extra construction paper and markers. After all the valentines are delivered we’ll take a group photo and celebrate with our own candy.
To learn more about this effort or starting it up in your community, please contact Triangle field organizer Caroline Hansley at chansley-AT-greenpeace.org.