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Fontana School District Leaders Use Hot Trend To Cool Their Schools

Fontana Unified School District was worried that their 38,000 students were too uncomfortable to focus and learn. The district’s antiquated roof top units couldn’t keep up with the demand to moderate temperatures throughout their buildings. Fontana Energy Manager Errol Glen and Director of Maintenance and Operations, Bob Copeland, were worried because teachers and administrators were …

Rebecca E. Eden

Apr 25, 2017

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Prop 39

California Senate Energy Committee Tweaks, Approves Prop 39 Deadline Extension

In a 10 to 1 bipartisan vote, California’s Senate Energy & Utilities Committee approved legislation Tuesday to extend Prop 39 funding for energy efficiency projects at public schools throughout the state. SB 518 now heads to the Senate Fiscal Committee and ultimately State Senate and Assembly floor votes. The proposed changes must also be signed …

Ben Stewart

April 24, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

ABCs and 123s of Creating Optimal Learning Environments for Students

School districts and higher education institutions are realizing that optimal thermal comfort and light levels are directly correlated with a student’s ability to learn. “When students struggle to see because of poorly lit rooms or are too cold or too hot, they can’t learn at their highest potential,” said energy optimization expert Geoff Stim. “They …

Ben Stewart

March 21, 2017

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Education

Still Time to Raise Your Hand for Proposition 39 Funding

K-12 school districts in California have just five months to start the process to improve their facilities and comfort of their students using Proposition 39 funding. To take advantage of the $2.5 billion in Proposition 39 funding, the wheels have to be in motion well before the state’s August 1, 2017 deadline. The measure directs …

Ben Stewart

March 1, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

K-12 School Districts Benefit From An Energy Systems Optimization Approach

As a K-12 school district undertaking an energy efficiency project, it is crucial to look for a partner who has a wide range of expertise and takes into consideration all of your needs and constraints: the needs of your students and teachers, the ability and experience to work in sensitive environments, and the expertise to …

Ben Stewart

February 27, 2017

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Prop 39

Best Ways for California Schools to Retrofit Lighting

Identifying long-term strategies and the right technology to achieve maximum energy savings from lighting upgrades is no easy task. Especially for CA K-12 schools and community colleges struggling with energy expenses that rival the cost of books and supplies, and those schools hoping to maximize Proposition 39 funds, discerning selection is hugely important. To serve …

Ben Stewart

January 24, 2017

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Education

Healthy & Environmentally Friendly Schools Means Better Learning Outcomes

The California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CA-CHPS), has put forth building standards to address every aspect of a school, from indoor classrooms to outdoor landscaping, with very specific criteria for integration, indoor air quality, energy, water, site, materials, waste management and operational metrics. Part of the reason for the new criteria is the growing awareness …

Ben Stewart

December 27, 2016

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Education

SmartWatt Partners with California Conservation Corp to Create Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corp Energy Corps crews to make energy solutions more affordable for California’s K-12 schools and community colleges.  This year, they expanded the relationship and began an internship program, which has resulted in full-time jobs at SmartWatt. The California …

Ben Stewart

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Education

Leveraging Prop 39 Funding for CA to Create Clean Energy Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) Energy Corps crews to make energy solutions more affordable for California’s K-12 schools and community colleges. This year, they expanded the relationship and began leveraging the California Proposition 39-funded program to launch an internship program in …

Ben Stewart

November 20, 2016

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