Pictured are, front row, LaRue County High School interim principal and energy committee member Denise Skaggs, LCS board member Dawn Conner, ALES principal Karen Downs, LCS board members Farrah Pruitt and Joanna Hinton and Kyle Johnson of Harshaw Trane; back row, board member Price Smith, Ernie Tacogue of Harshaw Trane, LCS director of transportation and maintenance Phil Fulkerson and LCS superintendent Sam Sanders.
The LaRue County Schools Board of Education honored Abraham Lincoln Elementary School for its recent ENERGY STAR certification at the Jan. 17 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 building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“The LaRue County School District is proud to work with Harshaw Trane to achieve ENERGY STAR certification at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School," said LaRue County Schools superintendent Sam Sanders. "Obtaining this efficiency will allow the district to spend more dollars in our classrooms and not on utility bills.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, the district began a partnership with Louisville-based energy services company Harshaw Trane in 2014 to update facilities. The end goal was to reduce the district’s energy usage at many of its facilities and help better manage day-to-day operating costs.
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. LaRue 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 $97,739 in energy costs, 755,686 kWh in electrical usage and 13,667 ccf in natural gas. The district has saved carbon dioxide emissions equal to 1,542 barrels of oil not burned or five acres of trees preserved from deforestation.
“LaRue County Public Schools and Harshaw Trane have worked very hard to develop energy savings initiatives that have, and will continue, to redirect funds from LaRue County’s utility spend back into their classrooms,” said Kyle Johnson, Education Sustainability Leader with Harshaw Trane. “Another result of this partnership is ENERGY STAR certification for ALES. This award and all the hard work that it represents is confirmation that the students, staff, and administration of LaRue County are committed to energy efficiency while providing an outstanding learning environment.”