Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Oldham County School Designated an "Energy Star"

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

John Davies
502-564-7192
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Fletcher today announced that Kenwood Station Elementary School, in Oldham County, has received the ENERGY STAR label for designing, building and operating an energy efficient school.  It is the sixth school in Kentucky to earn the ENERGY STAR designation.

“I am very pleased that Kenwood Station Elementary received the ENERGY STAR label,” said Governor Fletcher. “This reflects that Kenwood Station is in the top 25 percent of schools nationwide with respect to energy-efficient buildings.  The ‘Tigers’ have a wonderful school that helps protect the environment through superior energy efficiency”

“We are able to save about 25 percent on our energy costs at Kenwood Station,” said Oldham County Schools Superintendent Paul Upchurch. “Reduced operating costs mean more resources in our General Fund to support personnel and our instructional program.”

ENERGY STAR, a program developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, recognizes businesses and individuals who are working to improve the environment. Schools that demonstrate superior energy performance receive the ENERGY STAR label.  Kenwood Station Elementary School will be included in EPA’s Registry of Labeled Buildings, which is featured on the ENERGY STAR Web site. (www.energystar.gov)

“School districts that pursue ENERGY STAR labeled buildings are leaders in the Commonwealth,” said Education Cabinet Secretary Laura Owens. “Through their actions they are demonstrating a vision that environmental quality and fiscal stewardship are important to their communities as they strive to provide a quality education in a comfortable setting.”

“It takes a team design effort to achieve an ENERGY STAR label,” said Ken Seibert, President of CMTA Engineers. “While the heating and air conditioning systems are very efficient, without the design help of SKC architects and successful operation of the building by Oldham County’s facility staff, this award would not have been attained.”

Constructing schools that achieve the ENERGY STAR label meets goals outlined in Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy, Kentucky’s Energy – Opportunities for Our Future, issued in February 2005. The strategy contains 54 recommendations to guide the Commonwealth’s energy policy and programs. Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at the Web site of the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy: www.energy.ky.gov.


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