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Facing the Future - free curriculum
No Impact Project - free Middle & High School curriculum

Classroom Experiences:

Green Learning Adventure: teach students about global climate change and sustainable living presented by the California Center for Sustainable Energy

SDG&E presentation for 4th-6th graders about energy, electricity, and greenhouse gases.  To schedule a presentation call C. Russell Laub at 858-654-3550

Chollas Creek Watershed Program- SDCOE sponsors the "Green Machine" which will do presentations at schools within the Chollas Creek Watershed.  See website for eligible schools.
Cool the Earth - Cool The Earth is a FREE, ready-to-run program that educates K-8 students and their families about climate change and inspires them to take simple actions to reduce their carbon emissions.


Since 1994, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has pursued innovative projects to save energy, reduce utility costs, and protect the environment while promoting sustainability in the District. 


footprintClimate Change Initiatives

• SDUSD was one of the first organizations to join the California Climate Action Registry which tracks greenhouse gas emissions.

• Even though the District maintains more square footage than organizations such as UC San Diego, the City of San Diego, and SDSU, we have the lowest carbon footprint and are consistently below local, state, and national levels in our utility costs.
Carbon footprintWhat's your carbon footprint?  Click here to find out!

Business Operations/ Facilities
  • CHPS/LEED criteria adopted by School Board for all new construction

  • 154 Energy Star schools designated by EPA.

  • Time clocks are installed at schools to manage outside lighting and tied to sunrise/sunset calculations.

  • Energy Management Control System (EMCS) monitors HVAC and sets temperatures at 176 sites.

  • Payroll advices are no longer being printed and all District copiers are set to double side as a default.
  • All sites have access to campus recycling programs.

  • Water brooms are used at all sites, using as little as 2 gallons/minute compared to 8 gallons/minute for an ordinary garden hose.

  • $2 million in irrigation water costs have been saved over the last five years due to its Irrigation Management Control System (IMCS).

  • District school bus fleet is fueled with low-sulfur “Green Diesel” and has a “No-idling” policy during bus loading and unloading.


  • National Recognition

    • ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award (2007)

    • Green Power Leadership Award – On-Site Generation (2006)

    • Energy User News Efficient Building Award (1996)

  • State Recognition

    • Flex Your Power Award for Education & Leadership (2005)

  • City Recognition

    • California Center for Sustainability Energy Special Achievement in Energy Education Award (2009)

    • City of San Diego Environmental Services Department Award (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)

    • San Diego Regional Energy Office Excellence in Energy Award (2005)

    • Point Loma High students among 6 winners of San Diego Water Department Conservation Film Contest

  • Environmental Association Recognition  

    • Sustainable Environmental Stewardship Award (2006, 2003)