NEWSBRIEF: District 197 commits to renewable electricity by 2020

The District 197 School Board on June 3 passed a resolution setting the goal of transitioning the school district to 100% clean electricity by 2020. 

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eegan Area Schools has been working toward 100% clean electricity and the resolution formalizes the district’s commitment. 

The effort was led by district leaders, students from the LIVEGREEN club and supported by the Sierra Club’s Climate Parents program. Students presented a petition to the school board with more than 1,000 signatures they collected from district students, parents and staff. 

School district leaders, parents, students, teachers and community members attended the school board meeting on June 3 to demonstrate broad support for the board to pass the resolution. The school board approved it unanimously, positioning District 197 as one of the first school districts in the state to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2020. 

District 197 is one of many Minnesota school districts with grassroots campaigns pushing for similar commitments. Other districts include Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Wayzata and Mounds View. 

“This is a really exciting time for our school district,” said Lisa Johnson, sustainability manager for District 197. “This is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to engage students and staff on sustainability issues.”

“District 197’s decision to power itself with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2020 demonstrates its clean energy and climate leadership, and we believe that other school districts will be inspired to follow its example,” said Kelly Dooley, a Minnesota parent and a member of Sierra Club’s Climate Parents.

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