Public Sector


Los Angeles City College, California

Los Angeles City College

About the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)

Los Angeles City College is part of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the largest community college district in the United States, covering an area of more than 882 square miles. The District’s nine colleges, serve 36 cities and communities. In 2002, the LACCD Board of Trustees made a firm commitment to renewable power and sustainable building practices. Plans included a district-wide policy to incorporate LEED-certified green building standards into the construction of 40 green buildings.

The Opportunity

LACC, located in the heart of Los Angeles, is home to one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Students range in age from late teens to seniors, with many cultures and countries represented. As part of the LACCD, the College subscribes to ambitious goals of energy efficiency. The College partnered with OpTerra Energy Services to take great steps in energy efficiency from installing a new water plant to making lighting, heating and cooling upgrades.

The Partnership

LACC chose OpTerra to plan and install a wide range of modernizations across campus. The comprehensive energy efficiency program saved the College millions of dollars while pioneering its reputation as a leader in sustainable energy use within the District. OpTerra identified improvements to be made in all 19 buildings, including installing a new water plant and bringing lighting systems up to date. A new energy management system ensured that no power goes to waste

The Impact

College leaders expected annual energy savings of almost $288,000 per year, but the College surpassed that figure with actual savings of $335,000 in the first year alone. Over the life of the project, LACC saved several million dollars. Through the comprehensive upgrades, the overall comfort and safety of campus facilities were improved and electricity usage decreased by 2.5 million kWh annually. That’s equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of 227 American homes each year.

The Technical Scope

  • Ceiling, lighting, and LED exit sign retrofits
  • Upgraded electrical system
  • New boilers, cooling tower and central chilled water plant
  • Installed occupancy sensors
  • Installed energy management system (EMS)
  • Variable air volume (VAV) conversion