Rowan County Schools honored with ENERGY STAR awards


The Rowan County Board of Education celebrated Energy Awareness Month by honoring Rowan County Senior High School and McBrayer Elementary School with ENERGY STAR, making them the 2nd and 3rd schools in the Rowan County School District to receive such an honor. (Tilden Hogge Elementary School had received an ENERGY STAR honor last year.)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.


“In these tight economic times, it is more important than ever that we, as a district, be wise in our energy consumption and in our finances,” said Rowan County Schools Superintendent Marvin Moore.  “This report concerning the awarding of ENERGY STAR awards to two of our schools demonstrates that our investment into our district’s energy future has had a positive impact both financially and environmentally.”


To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, Rowan County Schools worked with Kentucky based energy services company, Harshaw Trane, to update facilities by taking the following actions:


  • HVAC system replacement at Rowan County High School
  • Lighting retrofit
  • Integration of HVAC building automation system
  • Addressed maintenance and reliability issues of HVAC
  • Implemented a sustainability program to ensure optimal building efficiency and performance
  • Annual measurement & verification and training program


    In 2017, over 80 Kentucky school buildings have received the ENERGY STAR award. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Rowan County School’s actual cumulative savings since 2010 equals $559,319 (cumulative electrical savings are 7,102,760 kWh and natural gas 66,201 ccf).  That translates into:


    Environmental Pollution Reductions:

  • 10,000 Equivalent Metric-Tons of Carbon Dioxide
  • 30 Metric-Tons of Sulfur Dioxide
  • 11 Metric-Tons of Nitrous Oxides


Environmental Pollution Equivalency:

  • 2,164 Passenger cars not driven for one year
  • 23,256 Barrels of oil not burned
  • 1,284 Households’ worth of electricity use for one year
  • 82 Acres of trees preserved from deforestation


“The Rowan County Board of Education made a commitment 6 years ago to energy efficiency by completing a guaranteed energy services project with Harshaw Trane,” said Kyle Johnson, Harshaw Trane education sustainability leader. “Not only did they have the vision to invest in the infrastructure upgrades to make their buildings energy efficient, but they also are utilizing innovative programs like Harshaw Trane’s Intelligent Services to sustain their investment while maximizing their energy savings. These energy savings dollars are dollars that have been redirected into the classrooms to better serve the students and faculty of Rowan County Schools.”


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