Energy Efficient Design Programs

There are many opportunities for school districts to incorporate energy efficiency and “green” building concepts in to their projects. Below is a list of programs offered that can potentially provide funding for assistance with energy efficient or green project designs.

Division of State Architect (DSA) new initiative – 7X7X7 Design Energy Water

DSA has engaged seven architectural firms to develop seven conceptual case studies in school design that will reduce energy and water consumption and result in a better learning environment, on seven campuses (including K–12 schools and a community college). The seven schools selected for the case studies are representative of typical building types from different eras constructed throughout California. A preview of the conceptual case studies will be presented at four regional events at schools of architecture in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and Berkeley. These regional events are tentatively scheduled for the end of January 2016. A final report, to include an executive summary and the completed case studies, will be presented at a final “call to action” event in Sacramento at the end of February 2016. For more information about this initiative, please visit DSA’s new 7X7X7 Design Energy Water website. For more background on 7x7x7, please read the press release issued by the Department of General Services.

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) makes changes to corporate income taxes and, except as specified, provides $550 million annually from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund, or the Job Creation Fund, for five fiscal years beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year. 

California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs. For more information on the program, please see:

Green Ribbon School Award Program  

The Bright Schools Program offers services to help identify the most cost-effective energy saving opportunities for your school facility. Savings can typically reduce annual utility costs by 10 percent or more. In addition, efficiency upgrades can reduce annual maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving indoor air quality and the overall building comfort. 

Bright Schools Program

Bright Schools Program Brochure

California is reducing its environmental footprint through sustainable state government operations and practices including energy efficient building design and construction, renewable energy generation at state facilities, environmentally preferable purchasing, and green vehicle policies.

Green California - Home Page 

List of resources for Green Schools - U.S. Department of Education reference page. This page is designed to make ED-Green Ribbon School resources easier to find. It is offered as a convenience for schools, teachers, parents and students. 

Green Schools – U.S. Department of Education Resource List

DSA is engaged with school districts and industry representatives in facilitating review and approval of energy efficient installations on school sites. Districts are encouraged to work with DSA on energy efficient solutions when modernizing existing facilities or constructing new facilities.