Oakley Union Elementary School District's first public school dates back to 1862, when Sarah Sellers, one of Oakley's first settlers, opened the original Iron House School. In 2006, the district opened its first new school in over 15 years, naming it Iron House as tribute to the past. Located in Oakley, CA, the district encompasses more than 400,000 square feet of space. The district is firmly committed to quality instruction and continually seeks ways to improve teaching techniques and services to its students. Oakley UESD is blessed with very positive and professional staff members who are dedicated to serving the diverse population of more than 4,700 students. The district's staff members provide a friendly environment that promotes self-confidence and successful performance among its students. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2012, Oakley UESD views energy efficiency as both a way to reduce operating costs as well as an opportunity to teach students about environmental protection. As a result, the district strives to improve energy efficiency in order to maximize funds available for instructional programs and support services.
Oakley UESD has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy performance by more than 20 percent since its 2010 baseline, and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 94 across its portfolio of buildings. Successful conservation measures have included increasing the focus on maintaining energy systems and equipment, and reviewing and modifying indoor and outdoor lighting schedules, thermostat set points, and individual behaviors on a daily basis. Compared to its baseline year, UESD currently prevents the emission of more than 320 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 8,250 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.