How a California College Saves $25,000 in Energy Costs Annually

December 20, 2017

For its retro-commissioning project that reduces campus energy costs by $25,000 per year, Cerritos College has received the California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2017 Energy and Sustainability Award.

The retro-commissioning project for its science building involved the installation of reliable control sequences on air handlers to make them more energy-efficient. In total, the project cost $577,000 with financial incentives including approximately $350,000 of Proposition 39 funds, $46,000 of Investor Owned Utility rebates and $181,000 of district funds. The project is estimated to save 62,000 kWh and 6,900 therms, which equates to $25,000 annually.

Cerritos College has taken on eco-friendly policies that promote sustainability for the campus. In 2014, Cerritos College received the Green Community College Leadership Award from Green Technology Magazine for water conservation efforts that save the campus 30 million gallons of water each year.

“The award is a testament to our strong commitment to developing a campus that is energy-efficient and sustainable in order to minimize our environmental impact, save on operation and maintenance costs, and ensure a safe and quality learning environment for our students,” says Zurich Lewis, President of Board of Trustees for Cerritos College.

For more information on the college’s efforts, visit