Whittier Union High School District is located about 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles in the city of Whittier, California. The district serves approximately 13,700 students in schools encompassing more than 1.3 million square feet of space. The district's mission is to achieve and maintain excellence in providing a comprehensive education for all students, and to provide all students with an engaging, quality standards-based instructional program delivered by well-trained staff members, resulting in improved student achievement. In line with this vision, the district is dedicated to improving energy efficiency and redirecting saved funds back to the classroom. Whittier Union High School District is one of a few school districts in California to have attained and sustained substantial academic progress over several years across numerous measures. The district's continued academic improvement is directly related to the efforts of its exemplary Board of Trustees, teachers, and staff members to improve every facet of each student's learning experience. The district has been a partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2010.
Whittier Union High School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent since its baseline year and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 87 across its portfolio of buildings. Successful conservation measures have included: an increasing focus 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 associated reduction in energy use represents a savings of nearly $2.3 million for the district. The district has prevented the emission of more than 1,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 30,750 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.