Claremont Unified School District, located in Claremont, California, was first established in 1892 and formally named in 1936. The District serves more than 7,000 students across more than 644,000 square feet of floor space. All of the elementary schools and the District's intermediate school have earned California Distinguished School status. Claremont High School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon High School. The District aims to provide a safe, supportive, caring, and productive learning environment in which its young people can obtain the knowledge, technological abilities, and skills needed to become productive members of society.
Given the budget crisis in California, the district's administrators began searching for creative ways to reduce operational costs. In 2009, the Claremont Board of Education hired a part-time energy manager and entered into a contract with Energy Education, Inc. to assist in developing a verified energy conservation program. The district began an active energy savings program in 2009, in which every employee in the District was encouraged and expected to participate in increasing energy efficiency. The Claremont Unified School District's administrators recognize energy conservation as an opportunity to protect the environment and reduce operating costs, thus maximizing funds available for instructional programs and support services. The district has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010.
Claremont Unified School District has earned recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader for increasing its energy efficiency by more than 10 percent compared to a 2009 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 92 across its portfolio of buildings. These accomplishments can be attributed to retrofitting, incentive programs offered through utility companies, behavior modification, intensive facility audits, increased focus on maintenance of energy systems and equipment, and the review and modification of both indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points. The District has saved over $420,000 and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 280 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 7,100 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.