K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative Update
On April 15, Cleantech San Diego and SDG&E hosted the California Energy Commission’s Southern California Proposition 39 field training workshop. The training covered the new Online Energy Expenditure Plan (EEP) System and Version 7 of the Online SIR Calculators. Local school districts, contracted representatives, and other regional stakeholders who participated now have what they need to submit the next wave of Prop. 39 projects for approval. Attendees of this workshop were also the first to be introduced to the new statewide Investor Owned Utilities’ (IOUs’) Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot.
On Earth Day, SDG&E launched the 2015 K-12 Schools Energy Conservation Competition, which Cleantech San Diego has been coordinating through the Regional K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative and San Diego Unified School District’s Environmental Sustainability Committee implementation team. This year we are delighted to have participating teams from 20 K-8 schools and 16 high schools representing San Diego Unified School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, Poway Unified School District, Grossmont Union High School District, and Encinitas Union School District.
With an estimated $120 million in Proposition 39 energy upgrades targeted to be implemented over the next five years, this competition aims to create awareness across the entire student body and all campus stakeholders about how their behaviors can either augment or negate the potential energy and cost savings measures being implemented.
Using state-of-the-art data analytics and online energy dashboards, student teams are designing and initiating school-wide engagement in energy conservation behavioral initiatives. Students, faculty, and staff will observe their impact on the dashboards, which are connected to the school’s SDG&E smart meters and solar PV meters where available.
Participation in this three-week competition will also provide the schools’ facilities and energy teams hands-on experience with data analytics software and trending tools, which can offer valuable insights for monitoring and controlling ongoing energy operations and maintenance.
Winners of the 2015 K-12 Schools Energy Conservation Competition will be announced and recognized at SDG&E’s High Schools Green Careers Conference on May 29.