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Colton Joint Unified School District

Logo for Colton Joint Unified School District Colton, California
10% Improvement (2013)
Top Performer (2013)

Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) located in San Bernardino County, California serves the communities of Colton, Bloomington, and Grand Terrace, as well as portions of Fontana, Loma Linda, and unincorporated Riverside. The district educates more than 23,600 K-12 students across more than 2.3 million square feet of floor space. The mission of Colton Joint Unified School District is to have a team of caring employees dedicated to the education of children, and to ensure each student acquires the academic knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in college or in the workforce and be responsible, productive citizens by providing engaging, challenging, and enriching opportunities and specialized programs in a safe environment in partnership with students, families, and our diverse communities. Colton Joint Unified School District became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2012.


Colton Joint Unified School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2011 baseline and as a Top Performer for earning an average ENERGY STAR 1-100 score of 97 across its portfolio of buildings. All schools in the district's portfolio earned the ENERGY STAR in 2012. Successful conservation measures have included: focusing on maintaining energy systems and equipment; reviewing and modifying indoor and outdoor lighting schedules; applying thermostat set points; and modifying individual behaviors on a daily basis. The district saved more than $900,000 in energy costs the first performance year of its Energy Program. Compared to a 2011 baseline, Colton Joint Unified School District currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 19,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.