School administrators received Energy Star awards for their buildings' energy efficiency.
Marion County Public Schools was recognized as a 100% Energy Star district for the second consecutive year at its most recent school board meeting. The improved efficiency is energy costs has saved the district $865,000 since 2010.
Kentucky School Board Association representative Jon Nipple presented the award.
“In a matter of just a few years, Marion County has transformed the energy efficiency of their district from near the state’s average to among the state’s best,” Nipple said. “They did this by improving their buildings’ capabilities and through rigorous daily management. The resultant energy savings led to huge dollars savings for their district and a better learning environment for the students.”
Marion County is one of only 20 districts to be recognized as an Energy Star District, which indicates that all school buildings in the district have earned Energy Star status.
Compared to rates from 2010, MCPS spent $80,000 less in energy costs during 2017. If MCPS had continued to operate at 2010 levels, the district would have spent an additional $865,000, Nipple said.
“When you received the District Award last year it was an acknowledgement that your buildings were capable of efficient operation,” Nipple said. “It’s one thing to have a building that is capable of achieving ES. It’s quite another to operate consistently in a manner to achieve this distinction in a continuing manner [...] Board Members, the ES label is a testament to your taxpayers that you have been a good steward of their tax dollars.”
MCPS is the 3rd largest district to receive the Energy Star distinction.
Marion County Knight Academy scored a perfect 100 in energy efficiency for the second consecutive year.