First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear recognizes Scott County Schools for earning the ENERGY STAR

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 12, 2009  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Jill Midkiff

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - First Lady Jane Beshear today recognized Southern Elementary, Eastern Elementary and Royal Spring Middle School for earning the prestigious ENERGY STAR, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. A certificate, signed by Governor Steve Beshear, was presented to the principals of each school.

The school buildings were recently renovated to achieve greater energy efficiency, as demonstrated by 12 months of actual energy usage data.  Renovations to the buildings resulted in energy savings of more than $80,000 per year for the school district.

With the addition of these buildings, Kentucky now has 77 buildings that have received the ENERGY STAR, with 42 school buildings represented in the state. ENERGY STAR facilities typically use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings, while still providing high-quality service and comfort to their occupants and visitors, according to the ENERGY STAR program.

“The Governor and I commend Southern Elementary, Eastern Elementary, and Royal Spring Middle Schools for serving as an example of how to be responsible environmental stewards,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Energy efficiency is a vital component of the Governor’s goal to reduce Kentucky’s energy consumption by 18 percent by 2025. Receiving the ENERGY Star is an immense accomplishment and we hope that other schools will follow their lead.”

 “We wanted to increase the awareness of energy management for the total school district including administration, staff, students, partners and the community at large,” said Jim McClanahan, Scott County Schools assistant director of Maintenance with Energy Focus.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a building must receive at least 75 out of 100 points in the EPA’s national energy-performance rating system, which places these facilities among the top 25 percent of all comparable buildings. Buildings are rated based on how they compare to similar buildings across the country.  Southern Elementary School received a rating of 82, Eastern Elementary School a rating of 76, and Royal Spring Middle School a rating of 79. The rating system is also available for dormitories, hotels, hospitals and grocery stores, among other commercial buildings.

A building must operate for at least one year and submit a year’s worth of energy-use data to the US Environmental Protection Agency to be considered for the ENERGY STAR.  For more information on ENERGY STAR programs, see