Warren County schools exceed energy savings projections

By: Don Sergent with Warren County Schools
By: Don Sergent with Warren County Schools

Working together to save energy, the staff members of Warren County Public Schools exceeded energy savings projections set by the district and its energy conservation partner, Energy Education Inc. (EEI), for the just-completed performance year by $283,675.

The district was projected to reach $583,000 in cost avoidance during the third year of its program with EEI. The district finished the year with $866,675 in savings. The Warren County school district has saved a total of $2.3 million since beginning the energy program - cumulatively $551,000 more than initial savings projections.

"Surpassing savings projections is a significant achievement," said Dr. William S. Spears, chief executive officer and founder of EEI.

"The Warren County district has achieved this level of success by consistently implementing the people-oriented approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. We commend the superintendent and school board, as well as other administrators, faculty and staff members, and students for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers' money and the environment."

Jay Wilson, energy educator for Warren County Public Schools, said the success of the energy conservation efforts can be chalked up to teamwork.

"Everyone from the superintendent on down has contributed to this," Wilson said. "Our staff members have made the extra effort to control energy usage in every area. Thanks to this dedication on the part of all employees, we have an additional opportunity to protect our taxpayers' investment in our public schools."

This is only the latest accomplishment for the school district's energy education program. Warren County's three middle schools were among the first four schools state-wide recognized for achieving the Energy Star award for their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. Drakes Creek, Henry F. Moss and Warren East middle schools were recognized along with Isaac Shelby Elementary in Jefferson County.

Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia Fox and John Davies, director of the Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, presented the awards to Warren County Public Schools representatives Charles Rector (director of maintenance) and Randall Jackson (director of district-wide student and support services) and Wilson.

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