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Oakland Unified School District

Green Infrastructure


Provide sustainable, healthy, and safe environments for the District community through the adoption of sustainable building design principles, and nature-based garden spaces.

What We Do

Collaborative High Performance Schools (CHPS) Standards

The District Collaborative High Performance Schools Resolution states that the District will implement a program to produce high quality schools, which  will include updating the District's design standards, passing sustainability initiatives, improvement of learning environments, and multiple other actions. The resolution calls for the adoption of the CHPS Best Practices to serve as a basis for adapting sustainability design and maintenance and operations guidelines for new, retrofitted, and existing buildings with the goal of achieving grid neutrality or zero net energy by 2030. OUSD has eight (8) current CHPS projects:

  • Arroyo Viejo Child Development Center
  • The La Escuelita Educational Complex
  • Cesar E. Chavez Education Center
  • Stonehurst Child Development Center
  • Montclair Elementary
  • Havenscourt Middle School Cafeteria/Classroom building
  • Highland/RISE Academy
  • Washington Elementary

The new Fremont High School campus was the District's first completed CHPS project and the first ‘Sustainable Campus Master Plan,’ with zero net energy (ZNE) as a goal. To learn more about the CHPS resolution and projects, visit the website here.   

Indoor Air Quality

In collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Healthy Schools Campaign strives to improve indoor air quality at schools. Additionally, the CalSHAPE Ventilation Program awarded OUSD grant funding to conduct HVAC assessments and improvements, filter replacements, and installation of carbon dioxide monitors, all of which will improve indoor air quality in classrooms. 


Electric vehicle charging equipment was installed at Fremont High School. OUSD has also partnered with the Alameda County Public Works Department and the City of Oakland Police Department to implement the Safe Routes to School Program. Learn more about the program and initiative here.

Green Schoolyards

The Center in OUSD, which includes the District's central kitchen, an instructional farm, and an education center, will be the hub of the new district-wide school food program network that connects nutrition, education, and community programs at OUSD's schools, kitchens, gardens, and produce market stands. Learn more about what is happening at The Center here. Additionally, you can learn more about The Center's composting program here.

Funding for Future Sustainability Initiatives

In 2014, the Board passed Resolution No. 1314-1109 to adopt the Shared Operational Savings and Green Revolving Fund, which supports the implementation of energy and water-use reduction methods, operational efficiency in High Performance School (CHPS) facilities, and other strategies for a District-wide sustainability program. The Measure J Spending Plan, allocated $20,325,000 to Energy and Technology projects including Prop 39 Energy Efficiency, and Technology Infrastructure Upgrades

OUSD in the News

In 2018, OUSD worked in collaboration with Green Schoolyards America to create green and resilient schoolyards at Melrose Leadership Academy. Read the press release from Green Schoolyards America here.