Scott County Schools has earned distinction as a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Energy Management Award recognizes efforts to reduce energy usage in school and district buildings. Scott County Schools, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010, has made great strides to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency. All schools achieved ENERGY STAR certifications in 2014. This outstanding accomplishment will officially be recognized during the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards program in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.
“We are honored to receive this award,” stated Patricia Putty, Superintendent of Scott County Schools. “We are so proud of the combined efforts of our dedicated staff as well as the leadership role championed by our students.” The energy-saving initiatives throughout Scott County schools have served as valuable education tools for both students and adults in our community. “Behavioral changes have saved both energy and money for our district while making us better stewards of our precious natural resources,” Superintendent Putty continued.
Scott County Schools became an ENERGY STAR partner in 2010, and has since embraced ENERGY STAR tools to make major improvements in energy efficiency and costs for the district. Accomplishments for Scott County schools include:
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for all school buildings in the district.
- Entering all schools in the district into the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition for three consecutive years.
- Improving its average, from 71 in 2010 to 88 in 2014 using the ENERGY STAR ranking of 1-100.
- Educating the Scott County Board of Education, administrators, teachers, maintenance, custodial and other support staff members and students on the financial and environmental benefits of energy management.
- Presenting the value of ENERGY STAR to students.
- Reducing energy use by more than 17% compared to 2010 baseline data.
“Scott County Schools is helping transform the market for energy efficiency by implementing ENERGY STAR programs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change. For a complete list of 2015 winners and information, and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
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Jim McClanahan, (502) 570-3004, firstname.lastname@example.org