Woodland Joint Unified School District in Yolo County, CA educates more than 10,000 students across more than one million square feet of floor space. The district's mission is to promote academic excellence and ethical and responsible citizenship for all of its students in a safe, supportive, and enriched learning environment. Woodland Joint Unified School District views energy efficiency as a responsibility that demonstrates sound environmental and fiscal stewardship. The district strives to educate every student, employee, and community member about the environmental benefits of improved energy efficiency. Furthermore, efficiency efforts are in place to maximize the funds available for educational programs and support services. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010, the district's representatives have gained access to many valuable ENERGY STAR resources and ideas that have helped the district save money and natural resources while ensuring that students are learning to be good stewards of the environment.
Woodland Joint Unified School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 30 percent across its portfolio of buildings compared to a 2009 baseline. The district also previously earned recognition as a Top Performer for achieving an energy performance score of 84 across its portfolio of buildings. The district's energy management program began with its Board of Trustees, who entered a partnership with Cenergistic, Inc. While the district's energy program is young, successful efficiency improvements have included purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified equipment whenever possible; aggressively managing buildings' HVAC schedules, setpoints, and lighting schedules; implementing efficiency improvements for existing equipment; maintaining equipment on an ongoing basis; and educating students and staff members about responsible energy use. Compared to a 2009 baseline, Woodland Joint Unified School District is preventing the annual emissions of more than 2,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by 56,400 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.