(FRANKFORT, Ky. Feb. 23, 2017) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today recognized the Henry County School District for earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification in all of the district’s five school buildings. Certificates signed by Governor Matt Bevin and Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely were presented to school officials during the February 23 meeting of the Henry County Board of Education.
Henry County became the 18th school district in Kentucky to have 100 percent of its schools certified ENERGY STAR. Schools recognized during the board meeting were: Campbellsburg Elementary, Eastern Elementary, New Castle Elementary, Henry County Middle and Henry County High.
Management of building operations and energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling systems, LED lighting and participation of student energy teams are credited for the schools earning the ENERGY STAR label.
Henry County Schools Superintendent Tim Abrams reported a district-wide energy savings of $686,882 since the district joined the Kentucky School Boards Association School Energy Management Project (KSBA-SEMP) in 2010.
“Money saved by these initiatives are used to support teaching and learning in our schools, helping us to better meet our mission of ‘empowering leaders and life-long learners for an ever changing world,’” said Superintendent Abrams.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their building use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.
Eastern Elementary earned a near perfect ENERGY STAR score of 99 followed by Campbellsburg Elementary with a score of 97, Henry County Middle School’s score is 96; New Castle Elementary, 88 and an ENERGY STAR score of 76 at Henry County High School.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings.
For more information about Kentucky’s School Energy Managers Program, visit www.KSBA.org