WASHINGTON — In an attempt to save schools money while promoting green technology, Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine announced yesterday that the state’s remaining $119 million qualified school construction bond allocation will be used to finance energy-efficiency projects rather than new construction.
“Today’s announcement will advance two of the commonwealth’s top priorities — education and energy efficiency,” Kaine said in a statement. “When school divisions lower their energy consumption, they can lower their energy costs and direct more resources to the classroom, all while reducing their environmental impact. The projects made possible by these [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] bonds will create jobs, improve our children’s learning environment, and promote green technology and construction here in the commonwealth.”