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Cartmell Elementary earns state energy award

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Richard B. Cartmell Elementary in the Carroll County School District has been recognized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for earning the prestigious Energy Star, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. 

A certificate signed by Gov. Steve Beshear was presented to Carroll County School Superintendent Lisa James and Doug Oak, school principal, during a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 8. Local officials, including Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold Tomlinson, school board members and representatives from the Kentucky School Boards Association, joined teachers and students for the event.

The completed expansion and major renovations to Cartmell Elementary were designed according to Energy Star standards, maximizing the building’s energy efficient operations. Renovations include lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors in rooms, a reflective energy-efficient roof, insulated walls, and geothermal heating and cooling.

“Earning the Energy Star is a great example of teamwork,” said Superintendent James. “Our local school board, our design team and school leaders took a proactive approach in planning this school’s energy-efficient renovation. As a result, the students of Cartmell have an improved learning environment, are conserving energy and reducing energy costs. The more we reduce our energy costs the more money is available for district instruction to students. It’s this kind of teamwork that improves education opportunities for all Carroll County students.”

According to school energy manager Jon Nipple, the school has reduced its operating costs from $1.01 a square foot before the renovation project to the building currently operating at
73 cents per square foot.

According to the U.S. EPA website, Kentucky is currently home to 187 Energy Star labeled school facilities. Cartmell Elementary has earned an Energy Star score of 87 on a 100-point scale.

To earn the Energy Star, a building must receive at least 75 out of 100 points in the EPA’s national energy-performance rating system, which places these facilities among the top 25 percent of all comparable buildings. Buildings are rated based on how they compare to similar buildings across the country. A building must operate for at least one year and submit a year’s worth of energy-use data to the US Environmental Protection Agency to be considered for the Energy Star. 

For more information on Energy Star programs, visit www.energystar.gov.