Sustainability & Adaptation

Welcome to the MCS Sustainability & Environmental Education web page. If you have any questions, please email Gilbert Blue Feather Rosas at

Mission Statement

Our Sustainability Initiatives are Designed to: address Climate Change, reduce our Carbon Footprint, combat Air Pollution, and educate the next generation of Students, about a Sustainable lifestyle-that includes Renewable Energy.


  1. To Reduce harmful Emissions and Air Pollution around our Students-by converting (almost) half our Diesel Fleet with Electric School Buses.

  2. To set a record for Electric School Bus Deployment - by going from Design, to Construction, to Charging buses in less than 7 months!

  3. To be the first School District in the Nation to construct and use (6) SOLES- Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environments (classrooms).

  4. To Replace Diesel & Gas Mowing & Landscape Equipment Tools- with Battery Electric equipment.

  5. To involve our Students in the Energy Conservation & Emission Reduction Process- & train them for Green Career Path Choices!

Events & Video Links

*NEW* Modesto Case Study- K12 Dive

*NEW Click the Joseph Gregori JNN -Student Reporter News Video !!!

World Resources International

Conserving Energy & Reducing Emissions to Save our Planet is important to us at Modesto City Schools.

Sustainability = what we are corporately and individually willing to do

to make a difference for a Greener Future

Sustainability Initiatives

  • (30) Electric School Bus Purchase

  • MOT Charging Infrastructure Construction

  • (2) Solar PV Parking Structures

  • (6) Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLES)

  • Battery Electric John Deere Gators

  • Battery Electric "Mean Green" Riding Mowers

Student to School ratio mini infographic

(30) Blue Bird Electric School Buses

  • Board approved Purchase 1/18/2022. Buses are long lead-time items. Ordered to coordinate with Construction Schedule.

  • Expected Delivery Date is the 1st Quarter of 2023.

MOT (Transportation) Charging Infrastructure Construction

  • Board approval of Project 4/18/22. Groundbreaking scheduled for June 1, 2022. (record-breaking schedule)

  • Anticipated completed date December 2022.

(2) Solar PV Parking Structures

  • MOT Bus Yard (over Bus Chargers)

  • Grace Davis HS

(6) Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLES):

  • Board approval of Project 4/18/22. Expected completion all sites October 2023. Tentative Order of Construction:

  • Tuolumne ES

  • Downey HS

  • Roosevelt JH

  • Orville Wright ES

  • Beard ES

  • Gregori HS

Battery Electric John Deere Gators

  • (5) Gators received April of 2022.

  • Partially funded through San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Grant.

Battery Electric "Mean Green" Riding Lawn Mowers

  • (1) 74" Blade Riding Lawn Mower ordered April 2022. Expected delivery date December 2022.

  • Partially funded through San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Grant.

Energy Conservation Program

  • MCS has partnered with Cenergistic to save money on all Utilities

  • We have changed best practices and saved over $1M by reducing consumption and saving Energy !! (more details to follow)

Sustainability Partners

  • A-Z Bus Sales

  • Blue Bird Corporation

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB)

  • Electric School Bus Initiative

  • Meteor Education

  • Modesto Irrigation District (MID)

  • Sage Energy Consulting

  • San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD)

  • Schneider Electric

  • The Mobility House

  • Turlock Irrigation District (TID)

  • World Resources Institute (WRI)

Transportation Yard Photo Progress:

4/19 Kick Off Event Photos

Members at a kick off event photos for electric bus event at Modesto City Schools