Sustainability Education Center

The Sustainability Education Center (SEC) is envisioned to be Anaheim Public Utilities’ educational demonstration center that incorporates technology, sustainability, and workforce development programs. 

APU has played an active role in supporting student engagement efforts, including mentoring, internships, and career symposiums. The SEC is envisioned to take another step to support our community by providing pathways for even more students to learn about sustainable utility careers. 

Additionally, the state of California is moving towards a carbon-free future, and we are well on our way to 2045 where our power resources will move away from fossil fuels. Sustainability is increasingly a topic of concern to our youth, residents, and businesses.

Site Information

The preliminary concept currently consists of a single-story structure of about 6,000 square feet and is subject to change as part of the design process.

The SEC will be located on Vermont Avenue and Rose Place, on a parcel already owned by APU, and will be centrally located and close to dozens of schools within several miles of the site.

While today we offer tours to our various facilities, having interactive displays to complement indoor and outdoor classrooms will integrate learning opportunities with career planning for those interested in college degrees, as well as for those who may be more mechanically inclined and can benefit from understanding the future of craft positions.

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Learning Experiences and Exhibits at the SEC

The SEC will feature highly interactive, engaging, and educational exhibits that highlight: 

  • Energy and water efficiency measures and strategies, 
  • Solar and other renewable technologies, 
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, 
  • Battery storage, 
  • Water conservation & drought-tolerant garden displays, 
  • STEM-based student programs, 
  • Job skills training in green jobs and utility themes career opportunities ,
  • Demonstrations on how water and electricity get to Anaheim homes and businesses.
  • Exhibits will integrate LED displays that can be easily updated and allow for translation into multiple languages.

This project will be constructed in 2024 and operational in spring 2025.