Ukiah Unified School District (USD) serves a population of approximately 5,600 students in the city of Ukiah and the surrounding communities of Redwood Valley and Hopland. The district is composed of buildings encompassing more than 1,290,000 square feet of space. Ukiah USD's mission is to lay the foundation for all students to achieve maximum success now and throughout their lives. The district views energy efficiency as both a way to reduce operating costs as well as an opportunity to teach students about environmental protection. Accordingly, the district strives to eliminate energy waste in order to maximize funds available for instructional programs and support services. A partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2010, the district has utilitized the ENERGY STAR platform of tools and resources in order to further its commitment.
Ukiah USD has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 94 across its portfolio of buildings. Successful conservation measures have included an increased focus on maintaining energy systems and equipment; upgrading lighting systems; reviewing and modifying indoor and outdoor lighting schedules; modifying thermostat set points; and changing individual behaviors on a daily basis. The district has prevented the emissions of more than 35 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 1,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. The associated reduction in energy use represents a savings of nearly $479,000 for the district.