Late last year, the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Board of Directors introduced a draft climate crisis response policy. In short, this proposal would:
- Integrate climate and sustainability education into district-wide student curriculum;
- Ensure future PPS facilities are designed, built, and operated to maximize energy efficiency, climate pollution reduction, resiliency, and adaptability—including fossil-free school buildings and electric school buses;
- Prioritize support for frontline student and employee communities during climate-related events and natural disasters; and
- Establish a Climate Crisis Response Committee charged with monitoring effective implementation of these policies, composed of a majority of members who identify as people of color, and two members who are current PPS students.
Please submit your public comment to the PPS Board by March 1st. This is important leadership being demonstrated by our schools and they need to hear how important this work is to their community and the state.