First Lady Tours Richardsville Elementary

By: Lacey Steele Email
By: Lacey Steele Email

First Lady Jane Beshear was in town when stimulus money was first given to build Richardsville Elementary.

On Tuesday, she returned to tour the only Net-Zero school in the nation.

"To be able to see it actually in the real, and to see the students and the school, I was just truly amazed," said Mrs. Beshear.

The students were the ones who gave her the tour telling her how they are saving energy from the floors, to the walls, to the solar tubes for natural lighting.

"The way the school was constructed, just different things," said Mrs. Beshear. "Using bamboo for the flooring of the gym, to the kitchen and the preparation equipment for the food. Not only is it energy efficient, but it's also healthy."

Mrs. Beshear says it was a good way for her to see a combination of things that are great for the students, the school, and our planet, and the students' knowledge was also amazing.

"They're living in an environment of all of this, and to me, that's the ideal way for children to learn," said Mrs. Beshear. "They're learning about geothermal because it's a part of their school."

She says Richardsville is a great example of how everyone can work together to learn and help the environment, plus the money they save can now be put to other uses.

"The school administrators of Warren County will be able to use the money that is appropriated to them, instead of spending it on energy costs, they're going to be able to spend it on students and programs for the students, and to me, that's the best use of the money," said Mrs. Beshear.

Mrs. Beshear says they are in the process of greening the Governor's mansion, and she says many places can learn from schools like Richardsville Elementary.

If they can't become completely Net-Zero, they can at least do certain things to become green.


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