Campaign: Green Schools for Chicago
Improve Our School Buildings
Provide Green Careers to Our Communities
Pollution and CO2 emissions are causing disproportionate harm to Chicago’s Black and Brown communities, forcing entire communities from Puerto Rico and Central America out of their countries, causing increased flooding on the South Side, lakefront erosion, respiratory illnesses that exacerbate COVID-19 outcomes, and increased pregnancy risks — especially for BIPOC mothers. We need a bold plan to invest in under-resourced neighborhoods, schools and public services. We need a Green New Deal for our city and our schools.
On September 20, 2019, thousands of Chicago’s students joined the global climate strike and rallied for bold climate action. Since then, Chicago’s youth have led the movements to address racism, inequality, and environmental justice, from protesting polluters like General Iron to fighting racist policing in and out of schools.
Now, everyone from youth organizations like Sunrise to the President of the US are calling for green solutions that prioritizes the health and economic well-being of working-class people and people of color to address the climate emergency. Why not start with our public schools?
This year, The Chicago Teachers Union is launching a campaign demanding Green Schools for Chicago.
We invite you to join us in raising demands for the mayor and CPS to invest in:
Green and Healthy Buildings
- Retrofit and weatherize our buildings.
- Remediate schools for lead, asbestos, and mold.
- Install efficient electric or geothermal HVAC.
- Install new ventilation for COVID-19 and energy recovery.
- Install solar panels and source 100% renewable energy.
Green Jobs and Environmental Justice
- Work with unions to train and hire CPS parents.
- Provide cooling centers and electricity to communities during heat-waves, disasters, and power outages.
- Prioritize the communities hit hardest by COVID-19, environmental racism, and systemic disinvestment.
Climate and Sustainability Education
- Support climate justice curriculum across the grade levels.
- Expand solar energy career programs already in place at Juarez and Prosser.
- Implement school composting programs, community gardening, and other sustainable practices.
Read the Resolution that our House of Delegates passed at its December 9, 2020 meeting.