On the Grid
The Elk Grove Unified School District has saved over $1.3 million in energy costs, surpassing its $1 million goal for the 2010-2011 school year. Through the district’s energy conservation program, 62 schools received a shared savings check for their individual site efforts to save energy. Click here to view the October 4, 2011 board presentation.
EGUSD kWh Consumption Comparison
2008/2009 – 62,286,462
2009/2010 – 54,248,753
2010/2011 – 47,542,643
EGUSD’s Energy Conservation Program has saved 22,781,528 kWh of electricity!
This reduction is equivalent to:
- Annual gas emissions from 3,080 passenger vehicles!
- CO2 emissions from 1,761,113 gallons of gasoline!
- CO2 emissions from 36,533 barrels of oil!
- CO2 emissions from the electricity used by 1,959 homes!
- Carbon sequestered annually from 3,349 acres of pine!
The following schools had the highest energy savings in 2010-2011:
|High Schools||Savings Percentage|
|Laguna Creek High School||236 percent|
|Valley High School||207 percent|
|William Daylor High School||220 percent|
|Middle Schools||Savings Percentage|
|Toby Johnson Middle School||227 percent|
|Harriet Eddy Middle School||192 percent|
Representatives from the top energy-saving secondary schools
|Elementary Schools||Savings Percentage|
|Elk Grove Elementary School||266 percent|
|Foulks Ranch Elementary School||255 percent|
|Florence Markofer Elementary School||257 percent|
|James McKee Elementary School||253 percent|
|Arnold Adreani Elementary School||248 percent|
Representatives from the top five energy-saving elementary schools
Elk Grove Unified’s Energy Conservation program has also received awards at the state and national levels. In July 2011, the Energy Conservation program was awarded the Gold Medallion Award by the National School Public Relations Association.
NSPRA Gold Medallion Award
The California School Public Relations Association also recognized the program with the California Gold Award in September 2011.
The EGUSD Energy Conservation Campaign will continue for the 2011-2012 school year. The goal is to save $1.3 million dollars in energy costs.
Laguna Creek High School
EGUSD Receives a 2010 Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year Award
On September 21, 2010, the Elk Grove Unified School District was recognized by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors as a recipient of the 2010 Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year Award. The district was selected by the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) for EGUSD’s outstanding contributions to sustainability and pollution prevention in the community through its Energy Conservation Program and sustainable design and construction practices. The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) will also recognize the district for the award at SMUD’s October 8, 2010, board meeting.
|Photo: EGUSD receives Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year Award at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting.|
EGUSD Honored by SMUD for Energy Conservation
The Elk Grove Unified School District was awarded a 2010 SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utilities District) Community Energy Award for the district’s work on energy conservation at the SMUD board meeting on July 15, 2010.
EGUSD’s efforts to conserve energy encourages participation from students, staff and administrators as well as a “greening” of facilities . EGUSD worked closely with SMUD representatives to implement an energy conservation program to cut back on energy use. The district has already reduced energy usage by 10 percent just in the first three months into the program.
As a result of Elk Grove Unified’s efforts, the district has reduced energy consumption by over 2,452,000 kilowatt hours annually – which is equal to eliminating over 230 cars from the road each year.
Some of the energy savings in construction projects include the design of the district’s newest schools – Sunrise Elementary School, Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School and Cosumnes Oaks High School. All three were built to exceed California’s Title 24 standards by 10 percent. In addition, energy efficient designs were incorporated into the modernization projects at Herman Leimbach, James McKee and the new Cosumnes River elementary schools.
The district has also extended energy conservation to its computer network. As a result of a grant from SMUD, PC Management software was installed on more than 11,500 computers throughout the district, providing us the ability to power down all computers every evening and on weekends.
The Community Energy Awards recognizes commercial customers who share SMUD's values of energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity, and who have turned these beliefs into actions. Award recipients have controlled their energy usage, improved their bottom lines and reduced the amount of energy that must be generated for the Sacramento area.