Center for American Progress

RELEASE: CAP Report Shows How Federal Infrastructure Spending on Schools Can Spur Climate Action
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RELEASE: CAP Report Shows How Federal Infrastructure Spending on Schools Can Spur Climate Action

Washington, D.C. — With long-term federal infrastructure investment, schools can deliver critical health and learning benefits to students while supporting the transition to a 100 percent clean energy future, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

In his American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden called for $100 billion to upgrade school infrastructure. CAP’s new report reviews the need for federal school infrastructure funding, the benefits of both immediate and long-term school infrastructure upgrades, and the ways in which these upgrades can spur greater climate action.

“Congress should direct long-term federal funding toward the advancement of healthy, resilient, and energy-efficient schools that can truly support student learning,” said Kevin DeGood, director of Infrastructure Policy at CAP. “These long-term investments in school infrastructure should advance climate resilience, energy efficiency, and healthy, productive learning environments.”

The report recommends several ways in which Congress can enhance school infrastructure:

  • Increase the electrification and proliferation of zero-emission school buses.
  • Accelerate K-12 school retrofits to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
  • Build climate-resilient K-12 schools.

In addition to targeted school infrastructure funding, the report urges Congress to invest in complementary education and clean energy policies that will advance green, pollution-free schools. This includes the enactment of long-term clean electricity tax credits to incentivize increased renewable energy generation, making school upgrades such as solar installations more affordable.

Read the report: “The Compound Benefits of Greening School Infrastructure” by Elise Gout, Jamil Modaffari, and Kevin DeGood

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at or 202-478-6327.