A crew of California Conservation Corps members helps KCSOS school sites become more energy efficient through Prop. 39
A crew of trained corpsmembers from California Conservation Corps’ (CCC) Fresno center were hard at work at the Blanton Center on a recent Monday. They counted lights, tested internal plug loads, surveyed building measurements, and assessed HVAC units.
It was all in an effort to determine ways the school could improve its energy efficiency, said CCC Energy Corps supervisor, Amy Duncan.
The survey was a requirement to KCSOS receiving voter-approved Prop. 39 funding. Prop. 39 was passed in 2012 and injects millions of dollars over five years into California’s schools to upgrade aging heating, air, lighting and control systems.
“KCSOS was awarded ten no-cost surveys from the Conservation Corps,” said Scott Fieber, KCSOS energy conservation supervisor. “Getting these surveys saves KCSOS from having to spend its Prop. 39 funding on planning and allows us to direct more dollars toward implementation of our energy efficiency projects.”
Duncan said the collection data would now be analyzed by the UC Davis Energy-Efficiency Center and recommendations would be made for energy-efficiency projects at each school.
“We hope to be able to utilize the same CCC crews for some of the energy efficiency equipment installations in the comings month and years,” Fieber said.
Duncan added that the Energy Corps initiative fulfills the CCC’s dual mission, to assist schools in saving both energy and money, and provide corpsmembers with technical instruction that can lead to apprenticeships, advanced training and future employment opportunities.
The CCC, modeled after the original Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, is the oldest and largest conservation corps now in operation. Created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1976, more than 115,000 young people have been a part of the CCC since that time.