At the March 16, 2016 Board Meeting of the Oxnard Union High School District, ENERGY STAR recognition awards were given to Adolfo Camarillo High School, Channel Islands High School, Hueneme High School, Oxnard High School, Pacifica High School and Rio Mesa High School. Francisco Dóñez of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Rebecca Wright of Cenergistic were there to help hand out the prestigious awards. Johnny Garcia Vasquez of Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin’s office presented certificates from the California State Assembly to recognize this remarkable achievement and to offer congratulations on the success of the rigorous energy conservation program. Energy Conservation Specialist Mary Ann Larrieu, who leads the District’s energy conservation efforts thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the program.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. All six OUHSD high schools that have been in operation for over 12 months earned scores of 95 or higher. This provides third party verification of the success of the energy conservation program. The awards are a result of coordinated efforts of the dedicated teachers, administrative staff, custodians, and maintenance staff working to save energy and money and demonstrating their commitment to environmental stewardship.