Through these energy improvements, we will be able to operate more efficiently and directly impact the quality of our classrooms with improved air quality and comfort. This program is allowing us to redirect funds spent on inefficient equipment and put it towards the classroom.”
Nick Heinlein, Asst. Superintendent
Through a partnershipwith Climatec, established in 2020, the District developed a comprehensivescope of work for modernizing antiquated equipment and reducing energyconsumption across its campuses. This initiative improved classroom air qualityand ventilation, reduce operating expenditures, and protect the General Fundfrom rising utility costs. Measure EE funds, Community Facilities District(CFD) funds and State bonds are being used to prop the effort.
With this program, theDistrict replaced HVAC units that exceeded useful life, modernized interior andexterior LED lighting, and integrated building automation systems. Solar shadestructures at six schools were installed not only to hedge against risingutility rates and pursue net zero energy but provide outdoor learning anddining areas for the students. Through a streamlined, collaborative approachClimatec replaced 515 HVAC units over the summer (through the middle of aglobal pandemic), allowing the students to return to a clean and safe learningenvironment.
In an effort to safelybring students and faculty back to the classroom, a second phase of work wasinitiated encompassing more HVAC replacements, hospital-grade air purificationtechnology and five more sites of solar installations including shadestructures to promote outdoor learning/dining for the students.
The City will reduce greenhousegas emissions by 2,752 metric tons which equates to 612 cars removed off theroad, 309,627 gallons of gasoline saved, 45,499 trees preserved fromdeforestation and 535 Santa Clarita homes powered.