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A 'modernization referendum' on school facilities asks for a charter change

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The Sierra Club Falls of the James Announces Support for Put The Schools First Petition

The Sierra Club Falls of the James, the local group of the national Sierra Club environmental organization, today announces its support for the Put The Schools First campaign. This petition effort seeks to change the City charter to get the Mayor to at least propose a fully funded plan to modernize all Richmond schools. The Richmond Crusade for Voters started this referendum campaign. The Crusade, founded in 1956, is famous for directly opposing Massive Resistance and the Stanley Plan. For over 60 years, it has served as an incredibly important voice for African American citizens.

excerpt: For environmentalists, it has been discouraging to watch Richmond leaders, for decades, ignore conservation and renewable energy opportunities with Richmond school buildings. Localities across the nation and increasingly in
this state are making large investments in solar for school roofs, seeing great advantages for education, money saving, disaster recovery, and energy conservation. The Sierra Club Falls of the James notes Dominion’s puny commitment to solar overall while it has increased its corporate involvement in City affairs. More positively, the Sierra Club Falls of the James also shares recent news that Arlington Public Schools has created a new type of purchasing authority so that it may enter into power purchase agreements for solar power.

Scott Burger 3 days ago

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