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First Lady Jane Beshear Recognizes Scott County Schools for ENERGY STAR Accomplishments

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 02, 2014  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

Lemons Mill Elementary, Western Elementary schools honored today

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today recognized Lemons Mill Elementary and Western Elementary in Scott County for earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.  With these certifications, now every school in the Scott County School District is certified ENERGY STAR.

“We’re here today to recognize not only the great successes of Lemons Mill Elementary and Western Elementary, but to celebrate this important district-wide milestone,” Mrs. Beshear said. “Five years ago, Scott County made a commitment to improve energy performance by managing energy strategically and making cost-effective improvements in all of its 14 schools.  I am proud to announce they have reached that goal and Scott County is the largest district in Kentucky to have all of its schools certified ENERGY STAR.”

The newly constructed Lemons Mill Elementary school was designed and constructed with high performance school components including LED lighting, insulated concrete form exterior walls and heavily insulated roofing materials.  The school’s energy efficient HVAC system is also a top-of-the-line energy efficient system, with an automated logic control system to allow temperature setbacks during nights, weekends and holidays when the school is not in session. The energy efficiency of Lemons Mill Elementary ranks in the top five percent nationally with an ENERGY STAR score of 95.

Western Elementary was recently renovated to achieve greater energy efficiency by upgrading and retrofitting lighting and temperature features throughout the school’s campus. Lighting in the gym and cafeteria was converted to highly efficient LED lights and a new HVAC system was installed to allow temperature reductions when school is not in session.  Additionally, digital timers on the outside parking lights were installed to further reduce energy costs by monitoring and controlling outdoor lighting.  Originally constructed in 1991, Western Elementary School earned an ENERGY STAR score of 78.

The Scott County School District actively involves students, teachers and staff in energy management practices to reduce wasted energy.

“We are extremely proud of the efforts of our energy teams – especially our students, teachers and staff – who have been focused on ways to reduce energy over the past five years,” said Patricia Putty, superintendent of Scott County Schools. “We not only are saving money for the schools but we are changing the habits of the students and their families, and impacting the entire community for years to come.”

The event today was hosted in the gymnasiums of Western Elementary and Lemons Mill Elementary schools.  Also in attendance were Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters and representatives of the Kentucky School Boards Association.

Energy usage reductions of more than 10 percent district-wide have saved more than $980,000 between 2010 and 2014. The Scott County School District is also ranked as the fifth most energy efficient district in the state, according to the 2014 Energy Management Report, recently released by the Kentucky School Boards Association.

Kentucky is currently home to 267 ENERGY STAR K-12 school buildings, compared to only 12 in 2008, and ranks fourth in the nation with the number of ENERGY STAR schools compared to states of similar size.

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings 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.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

For more information about ENERGY STAR certification for commercial buildings:

For more information about Kentucky’s energy efficiency program for schools: