Bullitt County Public Schools is proud to announce that it received the 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts to create a continuous energy management and savings strategy across all of the district’s facilities.
The district’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at an April 11th ceremony in Washington, D.C.
For 2019, there were only 183 organizations across the U.S. that were recognized by ENERGY STAR®. Out of the 183 award winners, only eight were school districts from across the country that were recognized as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. And this is the second time in three years BCPS has earned this national energy saving recognition.
District Energy Manager Kimberly Joseph continually reminds staff about the importance of energy conservation.
“Whether its simple things like turning off lights when a classroom is not being used or bigger ticket items such as unplugging appliances over a long break, it makes a difference in energy efficiency,” she said.
Energy conscientiousness is also a prime part of new facility construction and existing upgrades.
For example, Maryville and Mt. Washington Elementary Schools were constructed in the early 1970s when little thought was put into energy conservation.
Both schools were recently renovated and the energy saving difference is remarkable.
“Since the recent renovations and improvements to these buildings, Maryville is performing on average 37% better than its baseline year,” Joseph explained. “Mt. Washington Elementary is performing an average of 65% better, and also has an awesome student energy team and support from their principal for the energy saving activities.”
Joseph also noted Eastside Middle School, which opened in 2005, met a challenge.
“For the longest time, we struggled to improve Eastside’s score to even get to a 75 for ENERGY STAR certification,” she said. “Building occupants changing behaviors and being energy conscious helped us get over that 75 number in the course of a year.”
Joseph added now that Eastside has some new mechanical controls and LED lighting installed in 2018, it is using 50% less energy each month than their 2006-2007 baseline year.
Through February 2019, the BCPS Energy Program has bypassed the $7 million milestone with a total savings of $7,068,611.
According to the Department of Energy’s website, the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.