Each year, California schools spend approximately as much money on energy—$700 million—as they do on books and supplies.1 Education spending is a frequent point of debate among politicians and citizens, and maximizing the implementation of energy efficient technologies in school facilities could act as a way to increase education budgets without allocating additional public funds.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company— California K-12 school districts are in the process of updating and retrofitting the mechanical and engineering systems in their schools, primarily through the implementation of Proposition 39. Improving the efficiency of school lighting is a priority in the effort to increase the energy efficiency of school facilities, due to its relative simplicity in comparison to retrofitting complex mechanical systems.
CLTC’s “Lighting Retrofit Strategies for California Schools” is designed to help project managers navigate the many options now available for lighting retrofits and installations. The guide covers lighting and daylighting retrofit strategies that have consistently proven to provide the greatest long-term energy savings and lighting quality improvements on K–12 and community college campuses.
KCRA— Woodland Joint Unified School District has installed solar canopies with energy-efficient adaptive lighting at 10 sites throughout the district. The project is expected to save the district thousands of dollars annually in electricity costs while drastically reducing carbon emissions and serving as an example for other school districts focused on improving sustainability and the cost-effectiveness of district operations.
With support from SolarCity, Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) has implemented solar structures at 10 different sites throughout the district. CLTC supported the district's selection of energy-efficient adaptive lighting for the solar-paneled carports at four of the sites.
Join Assembly Member Mariko Yamada and representatives from State Senator Lois Wolk's office, the California Lighting Technology Center, Woodland Unified School District, SolarCity, and EverLast Lighting for a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony.
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!
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.
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.