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Sanger Unified School District

Logo for Sanger Unified School District Sanger, California
20% Improvement (2013)

Sanger Unified School District is located in the heart of Californias Central Valley. Within the boundaries of Sanger Unified are the City of Sanger and the communities of Centerville, Del Rey, Fairmont, Lone Star, Tivy Valley, portions of the Sunnyside area of metropolitan Fresno, and the Quail Lake development in the city of Clovis. The districts mission is to develop academically prepared, goal-oriented, responsible students through a dynamic and positive learning environment that celebrates creativity and diversity. The district covers 180 square miles and serves a community population of 31,000 and a student population of more than 10,900. School sites within Sanger Unified range in age from brand new to more than 100 years old. Together these sites have more than 980,000 square feet of roofed space and encompass approximately 210 acres of property. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010.

Sanger Unified School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2010 baseline. Employees in the district understand that everyone has a part to play in reducing utility costs and preserving the environment for future generations. As a result, district administrators have been strategic and intentional in reducing energy consumption. Through consolidation of summer programs, implementation of energy use guidelines, and general buy-in from both classified and certificated staff members, Sanger Unified has saved more than $1.3 million and 13 school sites have earned ENERGY STAR certification. These achievements not only reflect the level of commitment each site has to saving energy, but also reflects how the culture of our organization has changed as it continues to move forward to preserve as many dollars as possible for the education and future success of our students. Compared to its baseline year, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 2,400 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 61,600 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.