Conejo Valley Unified School District
Thousand Oaks, CA
20% Improvement (2010)
Top Performer (2010)
Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is situated among Southern California's rolling hills just 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The district is composed of 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, two alternative high schools, and an adult school. Current enrollment is 21,100 students in grades K-12. In March 2007, CVUSD entered into a successful partnership with Energy Education, Inc. to establish a people-based energy conservation program and instill a sustainable energy ethic throughout all of CVUSD's schools. The district aims to eliminate energy waste while maintaining comfort and safety in occupied areas and to maintain an optimal educational environment for its students.
Conejo Valley Unified School District has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide energy performance rating of 87. The district has also been recognized for achieving a 20 percent improvement in energy performance. The district has avoided annual energy costs of more than $1 million and annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 2,000 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 450 acres of trees. CVUSD has a program of upgrading older equipment with more energy efficient replacements. For example, two years ago the district replaced all of its metal halide high school gym lights with more efficient motion-sensing fluorescent fixtures, as well as upgrading classroom lighting from T-12 fluorescent to more efficient T-8 fluorescents.