Wake County Public Schools Clean Energy Petition

As major buyers of electricity, school districts can lead the way to a renewable energy future. Solar installations on schools have increased five-fold nationally since 2008. Wake County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in North Carolina, spends millions of dollars annually on dirty energy.

Not only is burning coal and gas more expensive, it also contributes to air pollution, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as asthma–the leading cause of school absenteeism for children with chronic diseases.

I call on Wake Public Schools to commit to 100% renewable energy. Solar provides an increasingly cost-effective energy option that can repower our classrooms, communities, and local economy by creating jobs and reducing energy bills, freeing up money for the classroom. Let’s invest in the health and education of our students and lead the way to a renewable energy future.