Orange Unified School District in Orange, CA, educates approximately 30,000 students across 40 different schools. The district is committed to planning for continual improvement, offering a learning environment with high expectations, and providing each student with the opportunity to compete in a global economy. Orange Unified School District realizes that energy is one of the few expenses that schools can reduce without sacrificing educational quality. With this in mind, the district recognized potential cost savings and implemented an energy management program that relies on both staff and students to make the program a success. The district is committed to being a good steward of taxpayer dollars and redirecting as much funding as possible towards educating its students. A successful partnership with Energy Education, Inc. has led to significantly-increased energy efficiency and has instilled a sustainable energy ethic throughout each of Orange Unified School District's schools.
Orange Unified School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy performance by 30 percent. The district has also been recognized previously for improved energy performance of 20 percent and as a Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide energy performance rating of 89. As of January 2011, 36 of the district's buildings earned a 75 or better in EPA's Energy Performance Rating System. In the last year alone, the district has avoided more than 3,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 700 acres of trees -- every year! Staff, faculty and students at Orange Unified School District have implemented many changes and improvements in energy consumption habits. This includes establishing a rigorous energy management program in every facility, upgrading underperforming HVAC equipment, changing behaviors such as turning off lights and computers when not in use.