2012 Winner: The Reformed Gas Guzzler

The building with the highest percentage of energy savings.

Who led the charge

Caroline Kelty, PE
CMTA Consulting Engineers

 

Caroline served on the Fayette Co. Schools Sustainability Team that performed an energy audit evaluation for the Rosa Parks Elementary School facility in Lexington, Kentucky. The results of the recommended operational changes significantly reduced building energy usage.

Rosa Parks Elementary School, Lexington, KY
School - 68,985 sq. ft.

An energy audit evaluation was performed to determine potential energy saving opportunities in the building. Based on the energy audit, monitoring and trending data, it was determined that the building usage schedule, outside air quantitiy, duct heaters, lighting levels, and plug loads were identified as areas that could provide energy savings. 

The school was able to reduce its energy usage by setting air dampers, heat pumps, centralized pumps, and computers to automatically turn off and manually turning off lights at the end of the school day. Additionally, ‘Energy Patrollers’ shut off power strips at the end of each day and monitored classrooms and offices to make sure lights were off when spaces were unoccupied. 

After a year of implementing these changes, the elementary school’s Energy Star score rose to 86 points and the school saved 47% more energy. The results of the recommended operational changes significantly reduced building energy usage.

Team

Doug Botkin | Maintenance, Fayette Co. Public Schools
Tom Shelton | Superintendent, Fayette Co. Public Schools
Leslie Thomas | Principal, Rosa Parks Elementary School
Britney Thompson | Energy Manager, Fayette Co. Public Schools

 
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"Our kids set a goal of saving $10,000.00. Once we got into the project, they continued to push for more and more initiatives, and our end result was a savings of over $52,000.00!! What a way to teach our future generations the importance of sustainability!"

-Leslie Thomas, Principal of Rosa Parks Elementary School