The Grossmont Union High School District announced that it received San Diego Gas & Electric’s 2019 Energy Champion award for outstanding results in energy efficiency, sustainability and conservation at its annual Energy Showcase. GUHSD, along with seven other public and private-sector organizations in San Diego, was lauded for its continued commitment to implementing innovative technologies and smart solutions that help cut costs and protect the planet. SDG&E also credited GUHSD for being a “pioneer” in energy conservation and sustainability.
Caroline Winn, COO for SDG&E, said: “They are showing the world that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship do go hand in hand.”
GUHSD cut its electricity and gas utility costs by nearly $2 million annually, and is on track to save more than $70 million over the next 25 years.
Dr. Tim Glover, GUHSD superintendent, said: “Utility costs are generally the second-largest budget item after employee salaries…by reducing utility and building management costs, we are able to direct more financial resources to instruction and the classroom.”
Collectively, the campuses in the Grossmont district now generate 20 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year.