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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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Education

Stretching Your Proposition 39 Dollars

One of the biggest drains on California school’s budgets isn’t education-related at all; it’s energy. An upgrade manual authored by the EPA’s Energy Star reports that America’s schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy—more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined. After salaries and benefits, energy costs are the largest operating expense …

Ben Stewart

October 27, 2016

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Education

Outdoor Lighting Efficiency: How CA K-12 Schools Can Comply with Title 24

Keeping up with California’s stringent set of standards for school lighting-with its very specific set of requirements-means pushing an institution’s lighting infrastructure to achieve maximum efficiency. The report, “Lighting Retrofit Strategies for California Schools,” out of UC Davis, provides a detailed guide of the best solutions for common K-12 Proposition 39 outdoor lighting efficiency strategies. …

Ben Stewart

October 23, 2016

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Bundled Energy Projects

Proposition 39 Retrofit: Orange Coast College Receives Excellence Award

Today the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges announced their Energy and Sustainability awards, which represent the best of California’s Proposition 39 energy systems optimization projects. SmartWatt’s interior lighting and advanced lighting control project at Orange Coast College was the highest scoring Proposition 39 retrofit project this year.

Ben Stewart

September 21, 2015

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