Jake Gyllenhaal & Global Green Launches “National Green Schools” Initiative

Global Green USA, with the help of Jake Gyllenhaal, recently launched their “National Green Schools” initiative with a Green Service Day at Manual Arts High School, helping students to clean up the school’s edible garden. The “National Green Schools” initiative is aimed at raising general awareness of the benefits of Green Schools and the critical need for building and modernizing all schools with healthy, high performance green classrooms.

Global Green is calling upon the public to sign a letter urging President Obama to push Congress to make green schools a high priority in the 2009 legislative and to urge local school districts and city councils, mayors, governors, and state legislators to utilize green standards for school construction. Global Green is also urging the public to volunteer to help schools become greener by creating gardens, refurbishing classrooms, and participating in other volunteer activities in their local schools. People can sign up to send a letter to President Obama and learn more about Green Schools at http://www.globalgreen.org/

Video: Global Green CEO Matt Petersen and Jake Gyllenhaal launching the “National Green Schools” initiative school service day

For the last five years, with the support of the Annenberg Foundation, Global Green has partnered with the LA Unified School District to insure that every new school in Los Angeles is built to a high performance green standard resulting in 34 new schools under construction that will benefit more than 40,000 students and teachers, save 21,695,238 gallons of water, 164,357,593 KwH of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 94,000 tons every year — the equivalant of planting 282,000 trees or eliminating more than 15,000 cars from the road every year.

Global Green is also helping to rebuild green schools in Katrina ravaged New Orleans with the support of the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund. This year, Global Green is taking its initiative national and calling for the public to support funding for Green Schools and urging people to volunteer at a local school to help make it greener. This service opportunity represented the first of many that will take place throughout the year all over the country as well as in Los Angeles.

Global Green USA – the American arm of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International – was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993. Global Green USA is a national environmental non-profit organization that merges innovative research, cutting-edge community based projects and targeted advocacy to create a sustainable future. Global Green USA has helped "green" nearly $20 billion nationally in affordable housing, school, college, and municipal building construction through technical assistance, partnerships, advocacy, and education. The organization has written and implemented green building, energy efficiency, and solar power guidelines in addition to legislation and incentives at the local, state, and federal level. It has also pioneered partnerships with countless non-profits, developers and government agencies. Global Green also recently hosted its annual Pre-Oscar party to raise funds and awareness to support its National Green Schools Initiative.  Learn more at www.globalgreen.org

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