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On October 26 we hosted a Twitter chat on opportunities for school infrastructure to address climate change. Take a look at some of the ideas and resources shared during the conversation!

Q1: Our 98,000 public schools, sit on over 2 million acres of land, operate 480,000 school buses, serve over 7 billion meals each year, and educate over 50 million students. Why is it important to make investments in school infrastructure and transportation?

Q2: Let’s start with the House Build Back Better Act which includes about $80B to update school facilities. How could schools use this funding to promote student health & learning and help schools advance Climate Action?

Q3: Schools are facing disruptions to learning from climate change (heat, wildfires & floods). But with schools in every community, they can help build climate resilience. How can investments in school infrastructure build resilient schools and communities?

Q4: Emissions from our nearly 480,000 diesel school buses impact climate change & harm student health. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal would include up to $5B for electric school buses. How do electric buses benefit communities, schools, & the environment?

Q5: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal includes funding for replacing lead service lines and increasing access to broadband. How can those investments help schools?

Q6: Communities of color and low-income communities are already facing the greatest impacts of climate change and education funding inequities. How can federal investments in sustainable school infrastructure help advance equity and environmental justice?

Q7: Students are the primary stakeholders in schools and their futures depend on the decisions we make today. How will school infrastructure investments that help schools advance climate solutions benefit students?