Major Accomplishments in Energy Management
Since starting the energy management initiative in 2009, we have partnered with US EPA Energy Star to develop a program that is used as the model in what can be accomplished by a school district energy management program. Some of the accomplishments are listed below:
The Scott County School District has received Energy Star Awards for all schools including Stamping Ground Elementary, Southern Elementary, Eastern Elementary, Royal Spring Middle School, Garth, Georgetown Middle School, Elkhorn Crossing School, Northern Elementary, Scott County High School/Scott County Middle School/9th Grade School/Cardinal Academy Campus, Anne Mason Elementary, Western Elementary and Lemons Mill Elementary.
Students teams have been established at each school and some of them are really accomplishing some great results.
Since the 2009-2010 school year, we have identified over $5 million dollars in avoided costs.
We have implemented several re-lighting projects in the schools using our internal maintenance and custodial team members that will allow us to obtain savings that will continue each year.
The Scott County School District Energy Management results have been published many times in the local paper plus some national publications. We were featured in a national webinar in March 2011 with the success that we have achieved. We have presented our program at the Kentucky/Tennessee Plant Manager’s Conference.
Northern Elementary won the 2011 EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition for the State of Kentucky with a 28.55% reduction in energy in one year. Since 2012 we have entered all of our schools in the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition.
On February 13, 2012, Scott County became the first school district in Kentucky to be awarded the EPA Energy Star Leader Award for Top Overall Energy Performance with a Portfolio Rating of over 75. Georgetown Middle Schools received the Green Ribbon Schools Award presented by the US Department of Education in 2012 which was one of only three schools from Kentucky that won this award. Northern Elementary received the Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2013. RSMS won the Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2015. Eastern Elementary received the Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2016. The Scott County School District received the US EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in 2013 which is a major milestone in our energy management journey since we use the many tools that Energy Star offers to manage our Energy Managment Program. The Scott County School District also received the US Energy Star Partner of Year Award in 2015. In 2016 and 2018 the Scott County Schools District received the highest honor that Energy Star awards which is the Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Performance. We are very proud of this award and we hope to receive it each year in the future.
The energy management program has followed the district vision statement “to create a collaborative culture to ensure student learning”. We have worked collaboratively with many community partners to engage them in the process. We have also worked with students and staff at each school to work together to achieve the savings that have been obtained. Student learning will be ensured by providing a comfortable environment for all students and staff.