Member Update: Caine Chan
Energy and Climate Specialist
Oakland Unified School District
Caine moved to the United States six years ago and attended the University of California Berkeley, majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. As a CCBA fellow, Caine is working with the emPower program launched by the Oakland Unified School District's Facilities Division to promote district-wide energy conservation and operational efficiency through behavioral change and no-to-low cost retrofits.
“I work with energy data on a daily basis as I am in charge of bench-marking, tracking, and monitoring the energy performances of over 100 school sites in order to help identify opportunities to eliminate energy waste in the district and advise on policies to optimize the operational hours of IT, lighting and HVAC systems.
The past couple of weeks have been really exciting as my team and I are in the final stages to prepare for the launch of the emPower program as well as to produce a board resolution and supporting documents in pursuit of a Shared Operational Savings and Green Revolving Fund initiative to link the emPower program to broader sustainability efforts at K-12 levels!” says Caine.
The emPower energy program is an innovative initiative as it not only supports the goals of Proposition 39 that focuses on building improvements and equipment upgrades, it effectively captures the "low-hanging fruits" by driving down energy demand through education (no cost!) which in the end helps maximize the benefits generated under the Proposition.
“Through implementing the emPower program, I have learned and witnessed the importance of policy incentives and strategic communication in promoting sustainability practices and that has reinforced my intent to pursue a master degree in public policy hopefully in the near future.”
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