Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find frequently asked questions about a multitude of topics related to the Oakland Built Program and its projects. This page will be updated regularly to include new questions and answers.
Are there any projects that include any fossil fuel infrastructure?
Projects may contain natural gas infrastructure in building renovations. This might be used in cooking kitchens for instance. However, multiple Local, State, and Federal policies and laws are all focused on the same goal, to be net-zero energy by 2030. OUSD is committed to advancing those goals in all projects to the furthest extent possible within the funding constraints of the current Bond.
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Facilities Planning and Management Department (Facilities Department) is committed to the goals outlined in the 2020 Climate Emergency Action Resolution, which includes supporting the transition to 100% clean energy by 2030 and phasing out the use of fossil fuels by 2040. As such, OUSD’s Facilities Department is committed to designing, constructing or renovating all new projects in accordance with high performance standards such as CHPS and LEED. Additionally, OUSD adheres to building codes such as Title 24 that require the District to build designs that reduce waste and unnecessary energy consumption.
The Facilities Department adheres to all standards and codes that ensure building efficiency to be in furtherance of the Board’s goals of 100% clean energy by 2030 and phasing out the use of fossil fuels by 2040. To implement 100% clean electricity and fossil fuel-free infrastructure across the District requires on-going funding and is a multi-bond initiative to achieve.
By improving its building efficiency through upgrading its systems, based on high performance design standards, school buildings are reducing energy and fossil fuel consumption from the grid. The District has already installed and is continuing to install on-site renewable energy sources such as solar and battery to further reduce the consumption of non-renewable energy sources within the grid. Additionally, the District is planning a lighting efficiency scope of work at 50 school sites to support the de-reliance of the District on the grid.