Lawmaker participates in 'green schools' effort

7:01 PM, Nov 23, 2008   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A state lawmaker has been tapped to lead efforts in a national movement to make schools more environmentally friendly. Rep. Jeremy Kalin, a North Branch Democrat, is one of six state lawmakers from across the country that are leading a campaign launched by the U.S. Green Building Council. The "Fifty for Fifty" campaign's goal is to start working groups of green school advocates in every state legislature. Besides passing along a message to students about preserving the environment through curriculum, the campaign focuses on getting schools to adopt earth-friendly building techniques. Kalin, who has a background in green building design, was the chief author of a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that set a goal of having a certain number of energy efficient buildings in Minnesota by 2011.

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