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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #14-33
April 7, 2014
Contact: Giorgos Kazanis
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Next Round of Energy Efficiency Funding Applications

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that local educational agencies (LEAs) that have Proposition 39 planning funds available–about $33 million—for energy efficiency projects can now submit their requests in the third round of applications.

"These funds help provide our districts with the resources they need to make sure our schools are both energy efficient and environmentally friendly," Torlakson said. "Not only does this give our students greater opportunities for future success, it helps strengthen the community through the creation of dependable jobs."

Approximately $145 million was distributed to LEAs during the first two rounds of funding to begin assessing needs and planning projects. This current phase will further assist LEAs striving to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs.

The voter-approved Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) generates revenue for LEAs to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to reduced operating costs and improved health and safety conditions in public schools.

For additional details, visit the California Department of Education's Request for Applications, Proposition 39--California Energy Jobs Act Web page or the California Energy Commission's The California Clean Energy Jobs Act [http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/] External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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