•              Sustainability at OUSD             
      
    Energy and Water Initiatives: emPower Energy Conservation Program
    The emPower Program is an OUSD Facilities Division energy efficiency initiative that couples occupant behavior changes and district operational best practices in order to reduce our carbon footprint. The emPower goal of 10% energy savings is achieved through facilities and rewarding energy conserving behaviors, such as turning off lights and monitors, and district actions, such as optimizing heating control schedules and a Green IT Program.
     
    Green Building Initiative: High Performance Schools Program
    The OUSD Facilities Division has been committed to the design and construction of  High Performance Schools since 2007.   All new construction and major modernization bond projects are designed and constructed to meet the District's  'green school' criteria based on California's  latest Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) green building standards.  Learn more about our first Grid Neutral school, designed to the highest CHPS Verified level, including zero net energy goals: La Escuelita Education Center  
     
    Waste Reduction and Green Cleaning Initiatives: Green Gloves Program
    The Green Gloves Program aims to reduce and sort waste through Nutrition and Custodial staff efforts. Green Gloves has been working hard to decrease the use of sport packages in favor of individual utensils to limit waste
     
    Nutrition Services: Oakland Fresh Program + More
    OUSD Nutrition Services have been leaders in sustainability through their commitment to fresh, locally sourced food. Nutrition Services works to divert food waste, increase quality of food for students, and engage the community through Fresh School Produce Markets.
     
    Health and Wellness
    OUSD Health and Wellness has a goal of building the tools necessary for students to be healthy and productive. Health and Wellness fosters sustainability through their Garden Education program,  Indoor Air Quality efforts, and nutrition education.