The Rowan County Board of Education celebrated Energy Awareness Month by honoring Rowan County Senior High School and McBrayer Elementary School with ENERGY STAR.
The award was presented at Tuesday’s Board meeting by Kyle Johnson, Harshaw Trane education sustainability leader and Richard Pickering, Harshaw Trane vice president of finance.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Receiving the ENERGY STAR award signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“In these tight economic times, it is more important than ever that we, as a district, be wise in our energy consumption and in our finances,” said Supt. Marvin Moore. “This report concerning the awarding of ENERGY STAR awards to two of our schools demonstrates that our investment into our district’s energy future has had a positive impact both financially and environmentally.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, Rowan County Schools worked with Harshaw Trane to update facilities by replacing the HVAC system at RCSHS, integrating the HVAC building automation system, addressing maintenance and reliability issues of HVAC, implementing a sustainability program to ensure optimal building efficiency and performance, and participating in an annual measurement and verification and training program.
“The Rowan County Board of Education made a commitment six years ago to energy efficiency by completing a guaranteed energy services project with Harshaw Trane,” said Johnson. “Not only did they have the vision to invest in the infrastructure upgrades to make their buildings energy efficient, but they also are utilizing innovative programs like Harshaw Trane’s Intelligent Services to sustain their investment while maximizing their energy savings.”
He added, “These energy savings dollars are dollars that have been redirected into the classrooms to better serve the students and faculty of Rowan County Schools.”
Since 2010, Rowan County Schools has saved $560,000 due energy costs savings.
The district is on track to save between $90,000 and $100,000 this year.
“This success wouldn’t be possible without our partnership with the district,” said Johnson. “This is money the district will be able to reinvest in the future of their students.”
Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, and Evansville, Indiana.
This article was originally posted on The Morehead News.