Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) believes in and practices environmental integrity, as is highlighted in each of our school site’s solar shade structures currently under construction. Thanks to the community’s support of Measure Q, at each school site you will see solar shade structures that both minimize our carbon footprint while also saving our financial bottom-line. These structures will be completed prior to the start of summer (2014).
RBUSD’s focus on environmental integrity is modeled not only in our solar pursuit, but also by many smaller, although significant, contributions. We hope to teach real stewardship of self and planet, leading by example.
Here is what we mean:
- We use low-VOC paints (a safer chemical than found in regular paint) on all of our projects, modernization and in-house work.
- In all available areas, R-30 roofing insulation is installed. This has reduced costs to maintain internal classroom environments.
- All roofs are painted with reflective roof coatings to reflect UV rays.
- There is a solar water heater used at the RUHS pool.
- All flooring is made of partially recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.
- There is a storm water retention system installed on the Sea Hawk Bowl, Student Services, Parras, and Washington synthetic fields. This system keeps storm water run-off from being directly discharged into the ocean by holding and percolating the storm water into the local water table.
- All synthetic sports fields in the district save water and energy by virtually eliminating the need to water, feed, mow, and stripe. The turf is also 100% recyclable.
- All classrooms have high efficiency gas fire heaters with programmable thermostats.
- All package heating/cooling units are controlled by an Energy
- Management System (I-Vu by Carrier) that is a web-based system and is controlled and monitored.
- All sites have separate trash containers for waste or comingled recycling managed by the trash company.
- Waterless urinals and low-flow toilets are installed throughout the district to minimize water consumption and waste water discharge.
- Drought tolerant planting and ocean friendly gardens continue to be planted district-wide saving drinking water and reduce run-off.
- The entire district has T-8 lighting (which uses less energy).
- Musco lighting on the RUHS sports complex uses 40% less energy than traditional sports field lighting and is focused to reduce light bleed-off into the neighborhood and night sky.
- Solar Grey window tints throughout the district reduce UV rays into the classrooms and offices, reducing heat load.
- Solar Tube lighting is used at many sites, which requires no energy to light rooms thoroughly.
- As maintenance trucks age, they are replaced by more fuel efficient vehicles.
As you can see by the above, environmental integrity is not just a phrase; it is a way of life in RBUSD. We will continue to lead in this green movement, even if green is not our favorite color!