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First Lady Jane Beshear celebrates Kentucky’s 100th ENERGY STAR School

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 16, 2011  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows
502-564-2611
 


Christian County schools host celebration that honors over 105 Kentucky ENERGY STAR schools

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.– First Lady Jane Beshear today visited Millbrooke Elementary School in Christian County in a recognition event announcing Kentucky is now home to more than 100 ENERGY STAR labeled public school buildings. During the summer, Millbrooke, Indian Hills, Lacy and Belmont Elementary schools, each part of Christian County Public Schools, were notified that their buildings received the ENERGY STAR label, which brought Kentucky to the 100th school building mark. Five other schools in the Commonwealth have since earned the label, with more on the horizon.

“In six short years, Kentucky has gone from having zero ENERGY STAR schools to now having 105 schools with this esteemed energy accolade,” said Mrs. Beshear.  “I’m happy today to recognize Millbrooke and the other Christian County schools for joining this select group and am so proud of our students and their districts for taking responsibility for cutting energy usage.  The steps they take today will help them become more energy-conscious in the future as well as benefit their communities for generations to come.”

Today’s event was hosted in Millbrooke Elementary School’s gymnasium and was opened by a performance by Hopkinsville High School’s student energy team. Also in attendance were representatives from the School Energy Managers Program, Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools, KY Green and Healthy Schools Program and the KY National Energy Education Development Project. Each organization if part of the state’s Energy in Education Collaborative coordinated by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. The Collaborative promotes energy efficiency and conservation in school districts and helps conduct workshops and incorporate energy curriculum into classrooms.

“Students have always been our first priority in Christian County,” said Bob Valentine, Energy Manager for Christian County Public Schools. “By choosing to use our resources wisely now, we are setting an example that will reap benefits for years to come.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), building an energy efficient, high-performance school does not have to cost more to construct than a conventionally built school. Schools also spend more on energy than any other costs except personnel. Earning the ENERGY STAR can help a school cut its energy usage by one third.

For more information on the benefits of ENERGY STAR schools visit www.energystar.gov or http://energy.ky.gov.

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