California Community College Cuts Costs in Half


California Community College Cuts Costs in Half

In the fall of 2014, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District recognized an opportunity to reduce energy consumption by upgrading its facilities with more energy efficient lighting. Eligible to receive funding from Proposition 39 of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, the district turned to Graybar to make it happen.

  • Energy costs reduced 50%
  • Increased student and faculty safety
  • Complete photometric analysisEliminated redundant materials


Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is comprised of Chabot College and Las Positas College in the San Francisco East Bay Area of California. The district serves 24,500 students and employs more than 2,000 administrators, faculty and classified staff.


The district was wasting money and energy by using outdated lighting technology in the parking lots of the two campuses. The district was eligible to receive funding from Proposition 39 of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, but had not yet taken advantage of the opportunity.


Graybar teamed up with Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business to provide a tailored solution to meet the particular needs of the two campuses. To determine the correct types of light distribution, photometric analyses were conducted for both campuses. The proposed solution included replacing all the parking lot lighting for both schools with Cooper’s McGraw-Edison Galleon and Navion LED fixtures. The project was completed in just two weeks, during the semester, when time was at a premium.


The district expects to reduce energy consumption in its parking lots by more than 50 percent. In certain parking lots, the numbers of lights on the pole were reduced from two to one. The new, brighter lighting provides increased safety and security in the parking lots. The district is currently working on plans to complete the remaining outdoor lighting projects, which include outdoor wall packs and walkway lighting.

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) changed the state corporate income tax code and allocates projected revenue to California’s General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-2014. Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.