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Making the District More Sustainable, One Light Bulb at a Time

From left, Carl Vernale, Hector Valencia, Justin Doppee and Dale Brewer. Not pictured: John Juris

From left, Carl Vernale, Hector Valencia, Justin Doppee and Dale Brewer. Not pictured: John Juris

The story of the district's success in reducing electricity use by 20% has spread like wildfire, and we couldn't have done it without the commitment of all of our employees. 

Topping the list of Sustainability Superheroes are Carl Vernale and his team of Maintenance and Operations electricians who installed reprogrammed lighting control panels and timers to turn off lights at all district sites between midnight and 5 a.m as well as "sun up to sun down" lighting controls in district parking lots.  

Carl and his team installed new LED light fixtures in all gyms across the district. In addition to a better quality and color light, these new fixtures save the district $74,000 in electricity and maintenance per gym over ten years. Total energy savings is calculated for all gyms at $483,997 over a ten-year life span plus reduced energy cost  

"By lighting the way and providing beautiful campuses, we give our students a great education, and I'm proud of that," says Carl.