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Zero-Carbon Schools: Supporting K-12 School and Community College Districts to Achieve Zero Operating Carbon Emissions

This project will build upon recent research and best practices to develop a programmatic solution to provide school districts with a guide to modernizing existing school and college buildings towards zero carbon operating emissions. This 2019-20 Innovation Onramp grant project seeks to engage the K-14 facilities/leadership community to assess their needs in moving school buildings to zero net energy (ZNE) and beyond, to 100% clean energy use district-wide. Taking actions now to plan for future building electrification, and deep energy retrofits of existing buildings to zero carbon, combined with solar and battery storage, can:

  • Reduce utility expenses and increase general funds
  • Increase student health and attendance, broaden environmental education opportunities
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Leverage bond funding
  • Help provide resilience to districts and their communities

This project is currently open to K-12 and community college districts operating within the SVCE territory. If your district is interested in more information about the benefits of this program and participating in this pilot project to co-create a statewide solution, please contact Zero Carbon Schools Team Leader, Alice Sung AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ISSP-SA, Principal of Greenbank Associates. [EMAIL: asung1@gmail.com]

Check back regularly for updates on this project’s progress, links to Zero Carbon Schools toolkits and free, open source resources, as they become available.