The Getting to Zero in California’s School Districts is a cohort that serves to support K-12 school districts with the development of their own road map to zero net energy and zero carbon across their portfolio.


Participation in this program will ensure school districts are able to comply with rapidly advancing legislation and policy in California that will require full decarbonization of the built environment by 2045. This effort aims to bring tailored support through a series of remote learning opportunities, and peer-to-peer information exchange.

School projects have proven that these ambitious goals are achievable within budget and staffing limitations. Participating in the Getting to Zero in California’s School Districts cohort provides a template to achieve success in getting to zero, despite growing populations, aging buildings, constrained operating budgets, and increasing energy bills.

Participating school districts will receive:

  • One-on-one assistance. School districts will gain access to tools, analyses, and resources to implement ZNE school strategies and develop their road map. Districts will also receive support for developing solutions to challenges faced during implementation.
  • Exchange of lessons learned and accelerated development of successful strategies. School districts will be able to leverage the experience of others involved in the process of getting to zero and learn about the technologies, policies, and solutions that have worked for them.
  • A peer-to-peer network. Small districts in the cohort will be able to share information with others that share similar challenges and concerns so that solutions are customized for their needs.
  • Savings of energy and money. School districts will gain access to cost-effective process and technical resources for achieving zero net energy and meeting environmental and state goals.
  • Statewide recognition. DSA will recognize school districts for their leadership, innovation, and commitment to advancing ZNE approaches and technologies.


Smaller public-school districts in the State of California are encouraged to apply. School districts should be interested in developing a road map to zero net energy over time and must be willing to commit to active participation in monthly meetings of the cohort.

For more information and to complete a short application, visit the Getting to Zero in California's School Districts Application. The application period ends May 8.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Reilly Loveland, Program Manager, New Buildings Institute at or (206) 229-2539.

If you need assistance with the application, please email