In its "Whole-School Sustainability Framework" document, the Center for Green Schools, of the U.S. Green Building Council, asserts that sustainability in public schools can be achieved through three interdependent principles: organizational culture, physical place, and educational program. The sustainability initiatives of PAUSD take this guiding advice to heart, and address sustainability in these three critical areas, in a way that brings together collaboration among District leadership, staff, students, parents, and the broader community.
Since 2011, PAUSD has run a robust energy conservation program. Through this program, the District has endeavored to reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, and water. To date, PAUSD has achieved nearly 20% reduction across these utilities, which, over the entire program, has helped avoid over $3.8 million in utility spending. This program is based on behavior change; in other words, no direct capital investment has been necessary to achieve this level of energy conservation. The energy conservation commitment of PAUSD is backed in school board policy. Conserving energy is considered a responsibility of every member of our district's community.
Administrative Regulations and Board Policies
- Energy and Water Management (BP 3511)
- Energy and Water Management (AR 3511)
- Trees (BP 3513.4)
- Environmental Safety (BP 3514)
- Environmental Safety (AR 3514)
Achievements & Awards
- 12 individual school sites received Energy Star building certifications in 2012 and 16 sites received certification in 2015.
- PAUSD received an Energy Star Leaders Top Performer recognition for having an entire portfolio of sites with a collective score above 75 (on a 100-point scale).
- PAUSD received the City of Palo Alto Mayor's Green Business Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
- PAUSD was honored with the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award in 2016.
Join our Schoology group: PAUSD Sustainability! Please contact our Green Team coordinator and PTAC Sustainability Liaison, Joslyn Leve, or PAUSD Sustainability Program Manager, Rebecca Navarro, with any questions, or to get involved.
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