Emerging Zero Net Energy School Retrofit Case Study: Garden Grove School District

Case Study / January 24, 2018 / Getting to Zero

Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) is a large, low-income school district that has recently become a regional leader in Zero Net Energy. Among California’s 140 school districts with greater than 65% for Free & Reduced Price Meals, GGUSD was the highest-performing district for both Math and English Language Arts on the state’s 2017 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. Like many school districts, GGUSD has maintained facilities in the district to the highest standard possible with limited budgets and a culture of frugality. An allocation from the state funded Proposition 39 Clean Energy and Jobs Act allowed the district to think beyond maintaining and repairing existing building systems, to replacing systems with more environmentally sustainable alternatives.