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Grayson County Schools recognized for ENERGY STAR achievement

The Kentucky School Board Association recognized Grayson County Schools for being one of only twenty-five school districts in Kentucky that is 100% ENERGY STAR. 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.

“We’re excited to receive this honor,” said Superintendent Doug Robinson. “We’re even more excited that the savings we’ve realized can be used to provide more opportunities for our students, while giving them and our staff a better learning environment. It’s been a real win-win for us.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, Grayson County Schools worked with Kentucky based energy services company, Harshaw Trane, to update facilities with Building Automation Systems, High Efficiency Lighting retrofits, and mechanical upgrades as needed for each school. Additionally, the implementation of a Harshaw Trane Intelligent Services agreement provided a finely-tuned, long term commissioning of the controls system, which resulted in savings above and beyond the original performance contract.

Currently, 439 Kentucky school buildings have received the ENERGY STAR award. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Grayson County School’s actual cumulative savings since Harshaw Trane completed the project equals $2,217,595 (22,544,390 kWh, 17,233 kW and 342,530 therms). That translates into:

• 17,498 Metric Tons of CO2
• 95 Metric Tons of SO2
• 29 Metric Tons of NO
• 5,759 passenger cars not driven for one year
• 61,877 barrels of oil not burned
• 3,416 households reducing CO2 emissions for one year
• or 218 acres of trees preserved from deforestation

“The Grayson County Board of Education proved that they are good stewards to the taxpayers and the environment,” said Chris Jaggers, Harshaw Trane account executive. “Not only did they have the vision to invest in the infrastructure upgrades to make their buildings energy efficient, but they also used new technologies to operate the building efficiently. Proper operation of a building is key to the long term success of an energy conservation program.”