First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady recognizes North Magoffin Elementary ENERGY STAR

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 30, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today recognized North Magoffin Elementary 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 principal and students during an assembly.

The school building was recently renovated to achieve greater energy efficiency, as demonstrated by 12 months of actual energy usage data.  Renovations to the building included energy efficient Water Source Heat Pump systems with multiple zone pumps, outside air ventilation with energy recovery, cooling tower with energy efficient variable speed drive, a highly efficient condensing direct vent boiler, automatic control for lighting systems, and direct digital temperature controls for systems optimization and scheduling. These renovations resulted in energy savings of more than $15,000 per year.

With the addition of this building, Kentucky now has 92 buildings that have received the ENERGY STAR designation, with 51 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 North Magoffin Elementary School for serving as an example of how to be responsible environmental stewards. Energy efficiency is a vital component of the Governor’s goal to reduce Kentucky’s energy consumption by 18 percent by 2025,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Receiving the ENERGY STAR is an immense accomplishment and we hope that other schools across Kentucky will follow North Magoffin’s lead.”

“Not only does energy efficiency make good sense, and improve the environment, it is an achievable, sustainable goal that gives pride to the school district,” said Joe Hunley, Superintendent of Magoffin County Schools.

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. North Magoffin Elementary School earned a rating of 75. 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be considered for the ENERGY STAR.  For more information on ENERGY STAR programs, see