Sustainability and Green Development Award Zero Net Energy Project SBCCD - 2019
San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) has been selected as the 2019 winner of Inland Empire Economic Partnership's (IEEP) Sustainability and Green Development Award for its Zero Net Energy Project. In line with the California’s ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045, SBCCD is the first and only Community College District in California to complete the Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Pilot Program. Through implementation of this program, SBCCD has reduced building energy use to a level equal to the amount of energy generated through the solar PV while improving occupant comfort and productivity. The project included constructing a solar carport that produces up-to 174 kilowatts of power, which has an added benefit of reduced heat island effect. It also included energy efficient lighting upgrade, which is a custom retrofit of 480 LED fixtures with occupancy and daylight controls; and HVAC upgrades that included ultra-efficient rooftop units and demand control ventilation for classrooms and conference rooms.