K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative
Winners of this year’s SDG&E K-12 Schools Energy Conservation Competition were announced at the High School Green Careers Conference held on May 29. San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD) Kearny High School was the overall winner, reducing energy use by 14.8% during the competition period, and SDUSD’s Correia Middle School’s 13.1% energy reduction was best of the K-8 schools. Total energy reduction by the 35 participating schools from SDUSD, Sweetwater USD, Grossmont UHSD, Encinitas USD, and Poway USD was 76,215 kWh, which saved $16,386 in electricity cost during the three-week competition. These results highlight the potential for $196,000 in annual savings if these energy-saving behaviors can be institutionalized at these schools.
Cleantech San Diego will be arranging for the teacher champion and student leaders of the winning teams to present key learnings from their experience at an upcoming K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative Meeting, so that other school districts across the region will gain insight into both the educational and operational benefits of utilizing state-of-the-art data analytics and energy dashboards to motivate engagement in energy conservation initiatives. With an estimated $120 million in Proposition 39 energy upgrades targeted to be implemented by San Diego’s school districts over the next five years, it is critical for all campus stakeholders to understand how their behaviors can either augment or negate the potential energy and cost savings measures that are being installed.
Marty Turock of Cleantech San Diego made a presentation on “Emerging Career Opportunities in Sustainability” at the SDG&E High School Green Careers Conference, highlighting new technologies and global market opportunities in energy efficiency, demand management, renewable energy, energy storage, clean transportation, and smart grid that are forecast to grow to more than $2.5 trillion by 2030 and create millions of high-tech STEM career opportunities.