Bill Text: NY S07251 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes the green schools New York act, requiring schools to comply with the criteria established in the department's manual of planning standards - appendix: NY - CHPS High Performance Schools Guidelines.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-01-05 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION [S07251 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S07251-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          7251
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 5, 2018
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the green
          schools New York act
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  This  act  shall  be known and may be cited as the "green
     2  schools New York act".
     3    § 2. Subdivision 3 of section 408 of the education law, as amended  by
     4  section  2 of part A-1 of chapter 58 of the laws of 2006, is amended and
     5  a new subdivision 3-a is added to read as follows:
     6    3. The commissioner shall approve the plans and specifications,  here-
     7  tofore or hereafter submitted pursuant to this section, for the erection
     8  or  purchase  of  any  school building or addition thereto or remodeling
     9  thereof on the site or sites selected therefor pursuant to this chapter,
    10  if such plans conform to the requirements and provisions of this chapter
    11  and the regulations of the commissioner adopted pursuant to this chapter
    12  in all other respects; provided,  however,  that  the  commissioner  [of
    13  education]  shall  not approve the plans for the erection or purchase of
    14  any school building  or  addition  thereto  unless  the  site  has  been
    15  selected  with  reasonable  consideration  of the following factors; its
    16  place in  a  comprehensive,  long-term  school  building  program;  area
    17  required  for  outdoor educational activities; educational adaptability,
    18  environment, accessibility; soil conditions; initial and ultimate  cost.
    19  [In  developing  such  plans  and  specifications,  school districts are
    20  encouraged to review the energy conservation and saving  best  practices
    21  available from the department and the New York state energy research and
    22  development authority.]
    23    3-a.  In developing such plans and specifications for the construction
    24  of new schools or the substantial reconstruction of an existing  school,
    25  school  districts shall be required to comply with the current NY - CHPS
    26  criteria established in the department's manual of planning standards  -
    27  appendix: NY - CHPS High Performance Schools Guidelines.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00921-01-7

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     1    §  3.  Subdivision 1 of section 408-a of the education law, as amended
     2  by chapter 420 of the laws of 1968, is amended to read as follows:
     3    1. The commissioner [of general services], after consultation with the
     4  [commissioner  of education] New York state energy research and develop-
     5  ment authority and subject to the approval of the director of the  budg-
     6  et,  shall  promptly  prepare or acquire as many master sets of complete
     7  plans and specifications for the construction of  new  school  buildings
     8  and  appurtenant  facilities  as shall be sufficient to provide at least
     9  six different master sets each for  elementary,  junior  high  and  high
    10  schools,  based on the number of pupils to be accommodated therein. Such
    11  plans and specifications shall be prepared so  as  to  provide  adequate
    12  classrooms  and  other necessary space and facilities at the lowest cost
    13  consistent with sound construction principles  and  practices,  and  the
    14  attainment  of  educational  objectives,  and shall provide for heating,
    15  ventilation,  lighting,  sanitation  and  health,  fire   and   accident
    16  protection  adequate to maintain healthful, safe, and comfortable condi-
    17  tions therein. Such plans and specifications shall be so  prepared  that
    18  any  possible future addition to any such school building may be econom-
    19  ically effectuated.  Such plans shall comply with  the  criteria  estab-
    20  lished in the department's manual of planning standards - appendix: NY -
    21  CHPS  High Performance Schools Guidelines. In addition, the commissioner
    22  [of general services] shall, as often as he or she deems  advisable  but
    23  at  least annually, review such master sets and, after consultation with
    24  the [commissioner of education]  New  York  state  energy  research  and
    25  development  authority,  and  subject to approval of the director of the
    26  budget, may revise or cancel any of such sets or prepare new sets.
    27    § 4. This act shall take effect on the three hundred  sixty-fifth  day
    28  after  it shall have become a law; provided however that effective imme-
    29  diately, the department of education is authorized to promulgate,  amend
    30  or repeal any rule or regulation which it deems necessary or appropriate
    31  to implement this act.
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