GCSD is an Energy Star District!
“We have a responsibility to manage the resources in our charge to the best of our ability,” said district maintenance supervisor, Jack McCleese. “That includes managing the energy that heats and cools our buildings. A partnership with Harshaw Trane has allowed us to schedule the heating and cooling of our buildings to the advantage of the occupants. This practice allows resources that would have been spent on energy to be used to directly impact the classroom where education occurs. Being recognized as an Energy Star District is an honor and it says we are operating the systems in our buildings in the top 25% nation-wide; but ultimately our responsibility is to continue to seek ways to efficiently operate our systems.
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.”
Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017