South San Francisco USD Celebrates High Efficiency LED Stadium Lighting Installation at High school
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South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to celebrate the brand new stadium lighting being installed at El Camino High School. The makeover taking place on the athletic field is just one key part of a comprehensive, district-wide program enhancing the District's sustainability profile as well as linking technical facility upgrades to STEM initiatives across grade levels. A large crowd including District Leadership, local elected officials, 25 student athletes representing a wide array of El Camino sports teams, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of this new chapter of energy work happening across campuses.
Through a long-term project with OpTerra Energy Services, based in Oakland with a local workforce of engineers serving the Bay Area, the initiative will save the District over $2 Million for the General Fund and create over 30 construction jobs for the skilled local workforce.
Brightening the Night for Student Athletes
The installation of 96 brand new LED stadium lights at the El Camino High School athletic field is a central feature to supporting an enriched student and fan experience at SSFUSD in 2017. The El Camino Colts have never had permanent field lighting for any athletic events over the past 50 years, relying on use of other District facilities for night games and single-use, low-efficiency rental lights.
Not only will the Colts' new LEDs be the most energy efficient lighting available, the directed light they cast provides razor-sharp definition to ensure clear visibility on the field and in the stands.
South San Francisco's self-described "Friday Night Lights" effort will achieve great things for more than 1,400 students at El Camino High School, including:
Allowing El Camino student-athletes to compete later in the evening, when their parents, teachers, and community members can attend home games
Energizing Student Success
Speaking to the power of the co-developed STEM Institute that resulted from the partnership early on, Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore affirmed, "This has been an amazing partnership to date. Last summer, we were thrilled to launch the Summer STEM Institute with OpTerra – it is an exciting learning opportunity for our teachers. Providing world-class enrichment experiences like this is a hallmark of the District's commitment to cultivating the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators."
OpTerra CEO John Mahoney commended the District on its passion for linking sustainability and STEM education through the foundation of energy as well. "With our deep company roots across the Bay Area, OpTerra's work with SSFUSD has been a true win for all of us in a local community that supports energy innovation in the public sector. We are so proud to help SSFUSD's stadium lighting project come to life while providing ongoing positive environmental and educational impact for South City's students and community members."