School Board Member Laura Capps’ efforts to help Santa Barbara schools reduce their carbon footprint have made her a finalist in the 2019 New Ideas Challenge – a competition among rising and innovative state and local policymakers to propose the most effective solutions on an array of issues. Policy experts vote for the proposals that best improve Americans’ economic well-being and overall quality of life, and that make government work more effective to meet communities’ needs. Of 50 proposals evaluated by a panel of judges, Capps’ “Schools as a Center of Sustainability” initiative is a finalist in the “Securing our Communities and our Planet” category, which includes ideas for states, cities, and regions to address climate change.