Public Sector


Dinuba Unified School District

Dinuba Unified School District

The Opportunity

Located in Central California, Dinuba Unified School District had multiple goals in renewing their schools to run with more efficient energy equipment: save money, empower teachers and students, optimize comfort and control of the classrooms and be effective leaders in sustainability for the future.

The Partnership

The District partnered with OpTerra Energy Services to design and install every facet of the new program, including providing the educational curricula. The plan standardized equipment across facilities to reduce maintenance costs while also providing teachers with greater comfort and control over their class­room environment.

District leaders were interested to modernize their schools for the positive impact the improvements would ultimately have on students and teachers. Numerous studies have confirmed a strong relationship between a school’s physical condition and student atten­dance, test scores, and learning perfor­mance. Additionally, an energy-efficient school is easier to maintain and provides better lighting and indoor air quality, making for a more productive learning and teaching environment.

The ongoing education component of the program integrates energy education into the classroom curricula. It teaches students an awareness of their energy environment and encourages changes in energy use behaviors. The energy education program also reaches out to parents and family through take-home energy awareness modules, provided in both English and Spanish.

The Impact

Dinuba Unified School District’s mission statement is “Empowering each student to succeed in life.” Through this energy performance program, the District improved student safety, learning, and comfort. Through incorporating energy education into the curricula, students now have the tools to not only be more aware of energy use and technologies, but also to be active in the cause.

Dinuba Unified School District has demonstrated that a small school dis­trict with limited resources can be strong environmental stewards by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improve California’s Central Valley air quality.

The Technical Scope

  • Extensive improvements and replacements of lighting, HVAC and roofs
  • Replaced energy management system