Zero Net Energy Visionary District - 2019
New Buildings Institute (NBI), on behalf of California’s investor‐owned utilities (IOUs) issues Zero Net Energy Awards, including honoring "VISIONARY DISTRICTS." These are Districts that have utilized policies or plans that results in larger scale advancement of zero energy buildings. San Bernardino Community College District, San Bernardino, CA San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) is the only Southern California Community College District in the Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Pilot Program. They have achieved 10 LEED-certified buildings, including two platinum facilities. In 2018, they were awarded a California Higher Education Sustainability Conference best-practice award for innovation and sustainability. The team at San Bernardino has worked tirelessly to identify and implement energy conservation measures that help them achieve ZNE. One recent example is the design of an optimized lighting retrofit in just two months, and the installation of 480 fixtures and over 250 controls over only nine weekends. Across the district, San Bernardino Community College is on a path to zero. Their efforts thus far demonstrate the importance of addressing sustainability in their daily operations, not only to provide environmental stewardship, but also provide the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and skills to help create a clean energy future.