ENERGY STAR Leaders

Petaluma City Schools

Logo for Petaluma City Schools Petaluma, California
20% Improvement (2013)
Top Performer (2013)

Petaluma City Schools located in Petaluma, California, is in the beautiful and nationally celebrated wine region of Sonoma County, 60 miles north of San Francisco.  Petaluma City Schools is comprised of Petaluma Joint Union High District and Petaluma City Elementary District, educating approximately 7,800 students across more than 758,000 square feet of floor space.  The district is committed to providing opportunities for all students to be challenged and motivated in school so that upon graduation, they will be successful in their future educational endeavors, careers, and in the community. When the budget crisis swept California in 2010, the districts administrators began searching for ways to reduce operational costs and the Petaluma Board of Education teamed with Cenergistic (formerly Energy Education, Inc.) to hire a full-time energy manager to assist in developing an energy conservation program. The district has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2012.

Petaluma City Schools has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 20 percent compared to a 2009 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR 1-100 score of 97 across its portfolio of buildings. The district began an energy conservation program in 2010, encouraging all employees to participate in increasing energy efficiency. Petaluma City Schools administrators recognized energy conservation as an opportunity to protect the environment and reduce operating costs, thus maximizing funds available for instructional programs and support services. The district has improved energy efficiency through  retrofitting, implementing incentive programs offered through utility companies, focusing on behavioral modification, performing intensive facility audits, increasing focus on the maintenance of energy systems and equipment, and reviewing and modifying indoor and outdoor lighting schedules and thermostat set points. The district has saved more than $621,000 as a result of these measures. Compared to its baseline, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 490 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 12,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.