Calif. school district looks to save more than $5 million with energy partnership

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is partnering with with energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric to improve energy efficiency throughout its facilities and enhance STEM education programs.

Through the partnership, Schneider Electric will implement a wide range of infrastructure improvement projects to support the district’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as its mission to prepare students for success in an ever-changing world. In total, the project will generate $5.3 million in energy and operational savings, according to a release.

“School districts in California and beyond are under tremendous pressure to responsibly preserve budget dollars while also enhancing the educational experience for students,” said Kathleen Neff of Schneider Electric.

As part of the partnership, teachers from PUSD’s Washington STEAM Magnet Academy will participate in the National Institute for STEM Education’s certification program to earn the National Certificate for STEM Teaching & Excellence. The nationally recognized program provides districts, teachers and students with curriculum and professional development tools to develop tomorrow’s STEM leaders. This certification program is provided through Schneider Electric’s partnership with STEMscopes, a provider of online, hands-on STEM curriculum. 

The project is being delivered through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which uses projected energy savings to pay for projects over time. This model helps school districts implement facilities improvements and initiatives they otherwise might not be able to afford, including expanded STEM programs.

Energy efficiency improvements will take place at the Eliot Arts Magnet Academy and Marshall Fundamental Secondary School. Savings will come from a wide variety of energy conservation measures including:

  • Interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades with occupancy sensors and automated dimming controls
  • Building automation system upgrades
  • Utility meter upgrades with user-friendly energy dashboards
  • HVAC, chiller and fan coil valve equipment replacements
  • Wireless plug load management

The project leverages funding secured through the Proposition 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) and Measure TT, the district’s local bond.

Construction is underway and is expected to be complete by summer 2018. A majority of construction will take place during winter and summer breaks to minimize the impact on students, faculty and staff.

This project builds on Schneider Electric’s expertise in advancing school districts’ goals with Prop 39 projects in California. In addition to the work underway at PUSD, Schneider Electric has completed similar projects with districts including Santa Paula Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Bear Valley Unified School District and more. A

cross the state of California, Schneider Electric has helped school districts secure more than $48 million in Prop 39 grants over the past four years.

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