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Educational Specifications


The Districtwide Plan for Sustainability-Adopted 2019
SMMUSD Sustainability Plan

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The District adopted the Districtwide Plan for Sustainability on March 21st, 2019. The plan defines what sustainability means to SMMUSD and provides a thorough pathway of how to get there. The plan is organized into categories: climate, solid waste, water, transportation, food, nutrition and wellness, energy and renewables, and education and engagement. Each category has specific implementation strategies and goals to be reached by 2020, 2025 and 2030. The Sustainability Plan is the product of collaborative efforts between the District’s Board of Education, staff, educators, students, parents, and community members.

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The Sustainability Plan is organized into eight sustainability focus areas:
SMMUSD Sustainability Plan focus areas

Through the plan development process, the District:
  • Documented baseline conditions
  • Established goals and performance indicators
  • Highlighted current initiatives and best practices
  • Identified improvement strategies
  • Evaluated project costs and funding mechanisms for each of these focus areas
Below is the chart with the performance indicators of all of the sustainability categories within the plan. The below metrics and the 2017-2018 will be used to track, compare and report all future efforts.

Energy Efficiency & Renewables Electrical Consumption 9,291,636 kWh
5.74 kWh/ft2
Natural Gas Consumption 244,056 Therms
0.15 Therms/ft2
Energy Use Intensity 19.69kBtu/ft2
Onsite Solar Production 1,179,710 kWh
Percent Onsite Solar Production 13%
Water Water Used 43,395,836 gallons
29.59 lbs./ft2
Solid Waste Total Waste Generation 4,194,300 lbs.
2.59 lbs./ft2
Diversion from Landfill 23.5%
Transportation Drive Alone Rate AM Peak: 1.137
Staff Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR PM Peak 1.138

Implementation of the plan:
Successful implementation of the District's Sustainability Plan will require top-down leadership, the development of ongoing program management structures, the allocation of additional staffing and financial resources, a commitment to monitoring and reporting, and an effective communications strategy. Together, these elements will ensure that all parts of the plan work together and that there is adequate political and financial capital to support the foundational integration of sustainability values and practices into District operations and decision-making processes.

  Program Magnagement
  Create a full-time District Sustainability Manager position with the authority to work across  the
  District to implement and oversee sustainability initiatives.
Funding Needed:
General Fund
  Create full-time Facilities Technician, Landscaping Supervisor, and Irrigation Specialist
  positions focused on sustainability related facilities issues.
Funding Needed:
General Fund
  Establish a formal Sustainability Department with a dedicated budget. Funding Needed:
General Fund
  Create a part-time Environmental Education Coordinator position focues on integrating
  sustainability and environmental education into the curriculum.
Funding Needed:
General Fund
  Re-establish and charge the Districtwide Sustainability Steering Committee with providing
  input and oversight of the District's sustainability program.
Funding Needed:
General Fund
  Recruit students to participate on Sustainability Steering Committee. Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Establish a Green Revolving Fund to capture savings resulting from the implementation of
  sustainability measures.
Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Monitoring + Reporting
  Develop an annual Sustainability Report to be released each fiscal year. Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Continue on-going monitoring activities that track and communicate the District's peformance
  and trends in key focus areas.
Funding Needed:
General Fund
  Evaluate monitoring and reporting tools to support data tracking and the annual reporting
Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Develop an internal sustainability communications plan that identifies communication
  channels and frequencies for communicating with District's key stakeholder groups.
Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Develop an external sustainability communications plan in conjunction with the monitoring
  and reporting process to report out on the sustainability program metrics, accomplisments
  and goals.
Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Future Updates
  Review the Sustainability Plan strategies once annual and revisit the goals a minimum of
  once every five years, beginning in 2020.
Funding Needed:
Staff Time
  Recommended immediate implementation strategies.

Our Philosophy
The District is dedicated to creating a successful learning environment for students through sustainable initiatives. During the design phase of various Measure ES projects, efforts are being focused to reduce the environmental footprint through energy and water efficiency initiatives, renewable energy, waste management, low-water landscaping, modernization projects and the use of sustainable and recyclable materials.

Learn more about the current sustainability areas of focus within the various projects below:
SMMUSD Clean Energy and Renewables SMMUSD Water-Saving Policies SMMUSD District-wide Waste Policies SMMUSD Landscaping Policies
Energy Efficiency
& Renewables
Water Waste Outdoor Learning
& Landscapes
Saving energy and
related costs through technology updates
We are committed to reducing water use by
2 million gallons a year
District-wide recycling program minmizes
waste sent to landfills
Water conservation
and Outdoor Learning
and Engagement
Activities and lesson plans to integrate into
the curriculum
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For more information about our sustainability program, contact Caroline Coster at