Turlock Unified School District (TUSD), located in Turlock, California, serves more than 13,300 students in buildings encompassing more than 1.2 million square feet of space. The mission of TUSD is to ensure that all students graduate as self-motivated, responsible citizens equipped to compete successfully in an ever-changing global society and to provide all students with the opportunities to reach their highest potential. Turlock Unified School District views energy efficiency as an opportunity to help protect the environment while reducing district operating costs. In 2009, TUSD teamed up with Energy Education to begin a proactive approach to lowering utility costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The district has been a partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2010.
Turlock Unified School District has been recognized by EPA for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2008 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 93 across its portfolio of buildings. Since TUSD implemented energy efficiency measures, students and staff members have become better stewards of the resources used and are increasingly more aware of energy use at school, work, and home. As a result, TUSD has prevented the emissions of more than 1,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 31,100 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.