Twenty-two PYLUSD schools receive Energy Star certification

Elementary school principals from the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District accept their Energy Star certificates. From left to right: Paul Juarez, Cynthia Alvarez, Linda Adamson, Cindy Freeman, Katherine Dailey, Cindy Rex, Monica Barrera, Debra Silverman, Jacque Bluemel, Douglas Slonkosky, Diana McKibben, Tamie Beeuwsaert, Alondra Ramos, Rafael Plascenica, Shirley Fargo, Cristina McCall, Patrick Brown and Eddie Tabata.

In 2012, the PYLUSD Board of Education established an energy conservation program in order to best utilize our resources.

Last school year, our sustainability team — working with Cenergistic, an energy conservation company that partners with school districts across the country — audited each school site for energy consumption, and submitted this performance data to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

We are happy to announce that 22 of our district’s schools have qualified to be a certified Energy Star building. These schools include Brookhaven, Fairmont, Glenknoll, Glenview, Lakeview, Linda Vista, Mabel Paine, Melrose, Morse, Rio Vista, Rose Drive, Ruby Drive, Sierra Vista, Topaz, Travis Ranch (both the elementary and middle school sites), Tuffree, Tynes, Valadez, Van Buren, Wagner, Woodsboro and Yorba Linda Middle.

To receive Energy Star certification, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA. Specifically, it must earn an Energy Star score of 75 or higher, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

Certified buildings, including our schools, save energy, save money and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Energy Star certification happens annually, and is verified by a third-party licensed professional engineer or registered architect.

Each school site that qualified for Energy Star certification will receive a framed certificate and a plaque to be mounted in recognition for the accomplishment.

For more information about the other ways in which PYLUSD is doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint, contact Energy Conservation Specialist Paul Juarez by phone at 714-788-4274, or by email at

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