Ms. HOOLEY. I recognize myself for as much time as I may consume.
Mr. Chairman, the Hooley-McCaul-Matheson amendment is a very simple and straightforward amendment that would authorize a study of the tremendous impact green schools have on the environment, school operational costs, test scores and student health. Usually we simply equate green building with energy efficiency, but the benefits are much broader than just that. The global impact of these efforts on the environment alone is enough of a reason to take action. Just as the energy bill before us today
begins to address this challenge, our amendment focuses on the positive impacts our actions can have on improving our environment and bettering people's lives.
The study I am proposing today with my good friends, Mr. McCaul and Mr. Matheson, is necessary because, while both the Federal Government and the private sector have conducted some green building research, knowledge gaps exist in the important area of green school research.
Upon the conclusion of the study I am proposing, we will finally be able to quantify the important benefits green schools provide by way of economic savings, environmental stewardship, and the health and academic performance of students.
At this time, I yield 30 seconds to my good friend, Chair of the Energy Committee, Mr. Boucher.
Mr. McCAUL of Texas. I want to thank Congresswoman Hooley for introducing this amendment. I am proud to be a cosponsor to it.
This study will be able to quantify the important benefits green schools provide by way of economic savings, environmental impact, and the health and academic performance of students. The building industry represents the largest economic sector in the United States, and school construction is the largest component of that sector. If all new school construction and school renovations went green starting today, energy savings alone would total about $20 billion over the next 10 years. It costs
less than $3 extra per square foot to build a green school, but the payback occurs within 1 year based upon energy savings alone. With childhood asthma becoming more widespread in recent decades, this research is timely and necessary. According to the CDC, childhood asthma accounts for about 14 million missed school days per year.
This amendment authorizes $1 million over 5 years to undertake this important area of research. It is endorsed by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, the American Federation of Teachers and the American Institute of Architects.
I want to thank the Congresswoman again for introducing this amendment. [Page: H9842]
Ms. HOOLEY. Mr. Chairman, I would like to remind my colleagues that if all new school construction and school renovation went green starting today, energy savings alone would total $20 billion over the next 10 years.
Since I see no opposition, I yield back the remainder of my time.