Rowan County School District, located in Morehead, Kentucky, is nestled in the mountains and has been serving the people of Rowan County since 1901. Educating over 3,000 students, the Rowan County School District encompasses more than 444,800 square feet of space. The goal of Rowan County Schools is to provide a supportive, caring, and productive environment in which the young people of Rowan County can obtain the knowledge, technical abilities, and the skills that they will need to become productive members of the community. Rowan County School District's administrators view energy efficiency as an important opportunity to teach students about environmental stewardship as well as a way to reduce operating costs. As a result, the District is striving to conserve energy to maximize the funds available for instructional programs and support services. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2012, the district has benefited from participation in the ENERGY STAR program and the many valuable resources and ideas it provides, all of which have enabled the Rowan County School District to meet many of its energy goals.
Rowan County School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy performance of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2009 baseline. The District's success began with a commitment by Superintendent Marvin Moore, the Rowan County School Board, and district administrators. The District has taken proactive measures to become more energy efficient, including upgrading lighting systems at several schools and installing a new high-efficiency HVAC system at one school. The District has also integrated the HVAC controls in many of its buildings. A few of the district's facilities will utilize Harshaw Trane's Intelligent Services Solution, employing Internet technology to monitor, analyze, and control the indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency of the buildings. Since its baseline year, the district currently prevents the emissions of more than 870 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 22,300 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. On a cost basis, this represents a savings of approximately $105,000 per year for the District. Besides saving money, the District is setting an example for its students and the community by becoming more energy efficient.