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First Lady Jane Beshear recognizes Crestwood Elementary for earning perfect Energy Star rating

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 16, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

CRESTWOOD, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today visited Crestwood Elementary to congratulate the school for receiving a perfect 100 score from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® rating system for superior energy efficiency.  Mrs. Beshear also recognized Oldham County’s Locust Grove Elementary and East Oldham Middle School for earning Energy Star awards. The school-wide assembly included special appearances by the Crestwood Elementary Green Team and Louisville Gas & Electric’s Louie the Lightning Bug.

“Receiving the top score from Energy Star is an incredible honor. Oldham County schools are becoming known throughout the state for their growing list of top energy performing buildings,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I am thrilled to help recognize these schools for their remarkable achievements and to encourage other schools to pursue energy efficiency updates.”

Designed by McCulloch Associates Architects and CMTA Inc. Engineers, Crestwood Elementary is the first school in Kentucky to receive a perfect score. The building’s design includes geothermal water source heat pumps, heat recovery systems used for outside air ventilation, variable flow water pumping systems and web-based digital temperature controls systems.

The ENERGY STAR rating system compares a building’s energy consumption to similar buildings nationwide and helps organizations assess how efficiently their facilities use energy. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Schools that earn the ENERGY STAR use less energy than most buildings and release fewer greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Indoor air quality standards are part of the qualification process, which must be certified by a professional engineer.

“We constructed Crestwood Elementary and Locust Grove Elementary to be leading schools according to Energy Star standards,” said Jim Ewalt, director of Facilities Management for Oldham County Schools. “We are extremely proud of our efforts and continued commitment to energy efficiency in Oldham County.” 

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