Project News: Garden Grove Schools Awarded for Zero Net Energy

Posted by in # Blog, #Programs, #Reducing Emissions on December 1, 2017

Good news for a project we’re proud to be working on! Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSA) received an award for “Exemplary Leadership by a District in Zero Net Energy” at a ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center. Here at Climate Resolve, we’re grateful for the opportunity to work on these projects with GGUSD, which helps fulfill our mission to help foster climate-related innovation in Southern California, particularly in low-income communities.

The award recognizes two zero net energy (ZNE) projects, at GGUSD’s Ralston Intermediate School and Santiago High School, slated for completion in the summer of 2018.  The goal for both projects is to reduce consumption with both energy efficient technologies and behavioral changes by students, teachers, and staff. We expect the school’s solar panels to generate as much clean, renewable energy as the ZNE buildings use on average over a year.

“We are pleased to serve as an example for other districts that zero net energy projects make a difference in many ways by protecting the environment, saving money, and serving as a living laboratory for science students,” said Bob Harden, GGUSD Board of Education president.

The ZNE projects at GGUSD are part of California Public Utilities Company’s (CPUC) Proposition 39 ZNE for Schools Pilot Program. Funds for Prop 39, The California Clean Energy Jobs Act, are helping schools across California with the state’s goals to reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions.

GGUSD’s ZNE projects represent the only K-12 sites within the SCE-SoCalGas service area that were approved to participate in the CPUC’s pilot program. The Green Schools award was presented to GGUSD for showing “great leadership as district, in spite of low funding and resources.”