Los Angeles Unified School District

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Challenge Commitment
70Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction In Energy Intensity2%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
20%Reduction in Water Intensity

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest district in the nation serving over 660,000 students with a portfolio of 1,200 schools and associated centers which includes 13,500 buildings distributed across 6,657 acres of land.  The average building age in the portfolio is 50 years with several buildings dating back to the 19th century. Building types include wood, masonry and steel frame structures.

LAUSD’s mission is to be the most sustainable school district in the nation by developing programs that support energy efficiency, water conservation, educational and awareness programs.

Previous successes include the installation of a 21.5 MW capacity solar system, replacement of over 65,000 lighting fixtures with energy efficient counterparts, retrofit and installation of three reclaimed water project sites and installation of 3,600 low flow plumbing fixtures.  The district also contains 101 certified schools through the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and 5 LEED certified projects.

LAUSD is committed to implementing and integrating energy efficiency into its schools. The district plans to meet its Challenge goal by leveraging some of its current programs, including: Proposition 39 (Clean Energy Jobs Act), lighting replacement and retrofit program, and incorporating new strategies such as demand response which includes battery storage and energy management systems (EMS).  LAUSD also plans to expand its renewable energy program portfolio by incorporating additional solar systems on more campuses.

The district has several water conservation programs underway such as the plumbing low flow retrofit program and irrigation controllers. Additional technologies such as leak detection systems and smart water meters are also being explored.  LAUSD has launched water conservation campaigns to provide education and awareness to students, teachers and the local community to ensure their participation and involvement and realize the mutual benefits of achieving their Challenge goal. The pursuit of these goals in a large school district offers the unique opportunity to educate students and their families about the importance of energy efficiency and water conservation in their daily lives.