The Greenup County School Board of Education celebrated the district’s recent ENERGY STAR awards for each of its seven schools at the February 26 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.
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, the district began a partnership with Louisville-based energy services company Harshaw Trane in 2003 and again in 2013 to update facilities. Commercial buildings that earn the 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 $1,208,673 in energy costs since 2003. Since its baseline year, the district has prevented:
• 5,272 Passenger cars not driven for one year
• 56,644 Barrels of oil not burned
• 3,127 Households worth of electricity use for one year
• 199 Acres of trees preserved from deforestation
“Greenup County Schools has accomplished a tremendous feat of achieving Energy Star for all seven of its schools. The school district was challenged with making older buildings energy efficient,” said Harshaw Trane Education Leader, Ernie Tacogue. “With forward thinking, the leadership at Greenup County had the vision to implement energy conservation initiatives years ago and maintained conservation as a priority. The Energy Star achievement is also a testimony to the facility staff that ensures that the schools are operating at the highest-level day to day.”