The nation’s public education sector includes 98,000 public school buildings, 2 million acres of land, and 480,000 school buses – the largest mass transit fleet in the country. Currently, school infrastructure earned a D+ on America’s infrastructure report card, but investments in schools can accelerate the transition to a clean economy, create good jobs now, and help advance a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable society.
Join K12 Climate Action, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, Sierra Club, and World Resources Institute for a two-part event to learn about the opportunities to make school buildings, grounds, and transportation models for sustainability. Hear from infrastructure experts, community leaders, and policymakers from around the country over the course of two days.
- Welcome Message: Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Secretary John B. King, Jr; K12 Climate Climate Action Co-chairs
- Keynote conversation: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and EPA Administrator Michael Regan, in conversation with AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA Vice President Princess Moss
- Panel Conversation:
- Andrew Brennan, National Geographic Education Fellow and Explorer supporting youth-led movements
- Rich DiMatteo, Highland Electric Transportation
- Katherine Garcia, Sierra Club
- Gilbert Rosas, Stockton Unified School District
- Moderator: Dan Lashof, WRI