Conservation

  • The District has made great progress over the years in recycling and conserving energy. No doubt our success will continue and improve especially as the “green” movement gains further momentum and discussion about Global Warming becomes paramount.

     
    To that end, we will continue to develop, implement, and enforce efficiency procedures; however, we’d like to challenge you to improve the District’s success as a whole. By simply adhering to some basic procedures and reporting waste, every district employee can effectively assist in reducing our natural resource consumption, waste stream, and utility related expenses. Here are some simple guidelines and statistics to follow.
     
    For more information on any of these topics, please contact the Planning staff at 971-7073.
     

    WATER CONSERVATION

     
    The Sacramento Region is currently experiencing drought-like conditions; therefore, the following water conservation measures are in effect until further notice:
    • 3-day per week watering Schedule between the hours of Midnight & 6:00AM
    • Every other week (bi-weekly) mowing schedule
    • Use shredded bark in garden beds to retain moister
    • Install native drought resistant plants and grasses
    • Install low-flow kitchen faucets and other fixtures
    • Repair leaking faucets, toilets, back flow devises, sprinkler heads or garden hoses
    • Report waste
    • Refrain from hosing down paved surfaces (unless for Health and Safety Reasons)
    • Refrain from dumping and refilling of plastic swimming pools 
     
    Over the 2015 summer months the staff from M&O will reprogram your sprinklers to comply with the new watering schedule. In addition to the above listed conservation measures, watering durations should be closely monitored and adjusted accordingly. For example, timers can be set to water more than once per night at site where drainage or soil absorption is an issue. The Districts Landscaping/Irrigation Specialist are available to assist as needed with repairs, adjustments or reprogramming equipment with completion of a work order.
     
    We urge administrators, coached and sports teams to monitor there use carefully and conserve. Plants and grass that are watered less can be healthier as the roots grow deeper and stronger in there search for ground water! You can find more information here.
     

    RECYCLING

     
    Good News! The San Juan Unified School District has been very active in recycling paper products with the Green Fiber Company. With their assistance, we’ve recycled over 1.5-million pounds of paper products in five years, as follows:
    • 2005: 136,560 pounds
    • 2006: 386,226 pounds
    • 2007: 670,017 pounds
    • 2008: 342,615 pounds (January through May) (Calendar Year) 
    Although our numbers are impressive, we’re likely to divert even more in the future. As of spring 2008, we’ve implemented a district-wide recycling program to include all recyclable materials. Among the top of the list is paper and paper products of any kind. According to Green Fiber, one ton of recycled paper: saves the equivalent of 17 trees; saves 4,000 kW of energy; can provide enough Green Fiber natural blow-in insulation to insulate the attic of a 2,500-square-foot home.
     
    In addition to recycling paper products, we also divert steel cans (from our kitchens) and CRV Products (cans, bottles, plastic and glass) with the assistance of California Conservation Corp. In addition to paper and CRV products, old computers, batteries and light bulbs are also among the list of items that can and should be recycled. Please contact the Planning Department at 971-5720 for more details.
     

    ENERGY CONSERVATION

     
    A group of employees representing a broad cross-section of the San Juan Unified School District is developing an energy conservation program with the goal of reducing cumbersome costs to the district while keeping students and staff members comfortable, and your help is needed.

    This summer, the district’s contract with Cenergistics (formerly Energy Education) will expire. However, a working group facilitated by David Burke, director of planning and property management, is continuing the critical work of energy conservation in the district.

    The group’s goal is to create guidelines for conserving energy that would be presented to district leadership in the fall.

    More importantly, though, the goal is to save money spent on energy costs that could otherwise be used to support teaching and learning in our district. Group members also seek to protect our natural resources, and educate our students about the value of energy conservation. 
     
    You can find more information about this group's work and submit your questions and suggestions here
     
Last Modified on June 1, 2015