EL MONTE – El Monte Union High School District has received the San Gabriel Valley Energy Champion award and achieved gold tier status for outstanding efforts and dedication to maximizing energy efficiency, becoming the first district in the San Gabriel Valley to earn the recognition.

Gold tier status is achieved when a school district attends three SGV energy work group meetings or energy efficiency trainings, audits and benchmarks facilities to review their energy usage, holds meetings with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) to discuss potential energy efficiency projects, and displays and advertises energy efficiency marketing materials on its website.

El Monte Union received the recognition in December 2020 and was officially recognized during the April 14 Board of Trustees meeting by SGVOG representative and management aide Ana Bordello.

“Thank you so much for being leaders in our region, for your great efforts in increasing energy efficiency and for being a leader among school districts,” Bordello said.

The SGV Energy Champion award is made possible by the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP) between Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the SGVCOG and cities and school districts in the San Gabriel Valley.

“Our District is honored to be recognized as a gold tier San Gabriel Valley Energy Champion,” Dr. Edward A. Zuniga said. “Finding sustainable ways to maximize our District’s energy output is a part of our culture and curriculum, which prepares our students for a future in green jobs. El Monte Union makes every effort to lead by example, not just for ourselves but for our entire community.”

EMUHSD is currently working with Southern California Regional Energy to implement a battery energy storage system and HVAC controls to increase energy efficiency. For more information on these efforts and more, visit: https://emuhsdmobility.com.