Petersburg, IN (December 12, 2016) – The Pike County School Corporation Board of Education honored three schools within the district for recent ENERGY STAR certification. Winslow Elementary, Pike County Central High School and Petersburg Elementary School were honored at the December 12th board meeting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“Achieving ENERGY STAR certification for the schools in our corporation is a symbol of the positive relationship between Harshaw Trane and the PCSC maintenance team,” said Suzanne Blake, Pike County School Corporation Superintendent. “The savings incurred through efficient energy usage has increased the availability of funds for the corporation to complete necessary improvements in the school buildings.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, the district began a partnership with Louisville-based energy services company Harshaw Trane in 2012 to update facilities. The end goal was to reduce the district’s energy usage at many of its facilities and help better manage day-to-day operating costs.
“Our long running partnership with Harshaw Trane has proven invaluable in saving taxpayers’ dollars. There are not many buildings with equipment the age of ours which can make the grade to be ENERGY STAR rated, said Ross Elmore, Pike County School Corporation Superintendent Maintenance Coordinator
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Pike County School Corporation improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire district and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
The district has saved a total $164,032 in energy, 1,843,626 kWh in electrical usage and 37,321 Therms in natural gas. The district has saved carbon dioxide emissions equal to 5,262 barrels of oil not burned or 19 acres of trees preserved from deforestation.
“Pike County Schools has proven once again what great stewards they are of tax payer’s money and the environment by earning these ENERGY STAR awards,” said Lyle Crouch, account manager with Harshaw Trane. “By teaming with Harshaw Trane the district was able to achieve their vision of making their buildings energy efficient and we are proud of our partnership.”
About Harshaw Trane
Harshaw Trane (www.harshawtrane.com) creates and sustains high performing, efficient and secure facility environments. An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider and is a founding member of the Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.