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  H.R. No. 2090
         WHEREAS, Deteriorating school infrastructure and poor indoor
  environmental quality are detrimental to the health, welfare, and
  achievement of faculty, students, and staff; and
         WHEREAS, By contrast, green schools support the health of
  their occupants while reducing environmental impact and costs;
  these high-performance buildings offer many features that have been
  shown to improve children's well-being and ability to learn,
  including natural lighting, thermal comfort, and thoughtful
  classroom design; moreover, superior indoor air quality, a hallmark
  of green schools, has been linked to lower incidence of asthma and
  allergies, reduced absenteeism, and increased teacher retention
  rates; and
         WHEREAS, Green schools cost no more to build than
  conventional schools, as hundreds of districts across the country
  have found, and they use, on average, 30 to 50 percent less energy;
  existing schools can be converted through low- or no-cost
  improvements to operations and maintenance, and districts can save
  millions through the adoption of such initiatives as energy and
  water management, green cleaning and smarter purchasing practices,
  and recycling and waste reduction programs; the LEED (Leadership in
  Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system has
  proven a valuable instrument for optimizing building performance,
  resolving operational inefficiencies, and dramatically reducing
  utility costs in new construction and renovations; and
         WHEREAS, Students who attend green schools gain greater
  knowledge of sustainability, a concept of rising importance in the
  competitive 21st century economy; moreover, the building becomes an
  interactive teaching tool, creating multiple opportunities for
  curriculum innovation and hands-on, project-based learning; and
         WHEREAS, While promoting good health and creating an
  environment that is optimally conducive to teaching and learning,
  green schools save energy and money, and the benefits they bring
  contribute significantly to prosperity and quality of life in the
  communities they serve; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby express its support for green schools and
  encourage all Texans to learn more about the advantages they
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 2090 was adopted by the House on May
  18, 2017, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House