Presentations from the Smart Schools Symposium 2013.
Many thanks to the attendees and exhibitors at the 2013 Smart Schools Symposium. CLTC and the team at Greenwise Joint Venture will be in touch in the days and weeks to come, sharing highlights from presentations, contact information for follow-up meetings and more tools and strategies for moving efficiency upgrades forward!
PIER-sponsored research, development and demonstration (RD&D) has focused on development of integrated lighting systems for shared occupant spaces such as classrooms and conference rooms. These systems combine energy-efficient luminaires, multi-level scene control, occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting to create optimized lighting systems tailored for the modern learning space.
This one-day event to improve the efficiency and performance of California’s K–12 facilities gathered representatives from K-12 schools and community colleges across Northern California. Attendees engaged in technology and financing workshops, as well as "ask the expert" discussions. They also connected with companies interested in partnering on demonstration projects and nonprofits devoted to helping schools improve their efficiency.
The Smart Schools Symposium is a one-day event for school leaders and facility managers that will feature proven best practices for lighting, HVAC and water efficiency upgrades. The symposium is presented by Greenwise Joint Venture in partnership with CLTC, UC Davis and other supporting organizations, public agencies and private companies.
CLTC research, demonstrations and case studies have shown adaptive corridor and stairwell lighting systems are a cost-effective strategy for achieving lighting energy savings of 40–50%. This is because many stairwells and corridors are illuminated continuously, despite low occupancy rates, and are usually equipped with standard, non-dimmable ballasts and operated with wall switches or from a panel box.
Last November, California voters passed Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, ending a state tax break for multistate businesses and dedicating the anticipated revenue to energy efficiency projects and job creation in the clean energy sector. The Governor's office recently released 2013–2014 budget summary proposes to allocate all Prop 39 funds to K–12 schools and community colleges for efficiency upgrades and clean energy job training programs.