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Palo Alto Unified School District

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Top Performer (2013)

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), located in Palo Alto, California, serves more than 12,200 K-12 students in facilities encompassing more than 1.4 million square feet of space. The district prides itself on providing a first-class education for all students, including an ongoing commitment to improve achievement and support all areas of student development. PAUSD welcomes energy conservation as a part of its culture. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2011, PAUSD places value in the careful use of taxpayer money and in leaving the world a healthier place for future generations.


Palo Alto Unified School District has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 76 across its portfolio of buildings. A combination of regular building audits, a utility consumption tracking database, and careful management of building lighting and HVAC equipment have helped PAUSD conserve energy. However, the heart of PAUSD's successful energy conservation program lies in the dedication, cooperation, and communication of all personnel, both inside and outside the classroom. Since PAUSD began implementing energy conservation measures in 2011, the district has already saved $260,000 in utility costs. Compared to its 2011 baseline, PAUSD currently prevents the emissions of more than 420 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 10,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.