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District praised for savings and innovation
Greenup, KY (March 27, 2017) – The Greenup County Board of Education celebrated the district’s recent ENERGY STAR awards for Greenup County High School and Wurtland Elementary at the March 27 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 buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“As public servants, we have a fiscal responsibility to the people we serve. Any time we can conserve resources, we have fulfilled our duty. Saving energy directly results in saving financial resources that can be diverted directly to the classroom, said Jack McCleese, Director, Building & Grounds/Transportation with Greenup County Schools. “Having six of our seven schools qualify as ENERGY STAR schools reveals we are committed to saving energy and operating the buildings efficiently. Our partnership with Harshaw Trane has enabled us to operate buildings, some of which the original construction was in the 1950s, at a level that is reflective of buildings built in this century.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, the district began a partnership with Louisville-based energy services company Harshaw Trane on an energy savings project in 2004 and another in 2011 to update facilities. Updates included:
- New cooling tower at McKell Middle School
- Gym air conditioning at four schools
- Installation of centralized building automation system
- New high efficiency lighting upgrades and miscellaneous HVAC upgrades
- Installation of new web-based HVAC controls system
- Water conservation measures
- Upgrade existing Trane controls to web-based platform
- District-wide energy performance monitoring in real time through Intelligent Services
Commercial buildings that earn ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Greenup County Schools 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 of $1,322,922 in energy costs since 2004. Greenup County Schools’ energy savings is equivalent to 5,409 passenger cars not driven for one year or 58,113 barrels of oil not burned.
“We salute the district for having the foresight to utilize guaranteed savings projects to energize the district,” said Harshaw Trane Education Sustainability Leader, Kyle Johnson. “The district made the wise decision to employ real-time energy monitoring to track energy use, ensuring success. We look forward to a long energy savings partnership as we continue to measure and verify to guarantee Greenup County Schools’ achievements.”
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.