As New York City moves toward a full reopening of schools by September, the realities of COVID-19 and the climate crisis for our frontline communities cannot be ignored. Take action with Climate Works for All to create sustainable, just communities and demand that Mayor de Blasio build Green Healthy Schools now!
Installing solar on and HVAC systems within schools will help us move towards equitable, healthy communities for our students and teachers, will lower our city’s emissions, and will create good green jobs for our communities. Now is the time to invest in these solutions and move towards an Equitable Recovery for New York City.
In this new report, Climate Works for All has calculated that $1.5 billion is needed to install solar and HVAC systems in every public school in NYC. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services currently has $3.8 billion in funding for city energy efficiency upgrades. Mayor de Blasio must begin the work of dispersing this funding towards solar and HVAC systems in New York City public schools, and our next Mayor must continue this legacy of investment during their administration.