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Fairmont Elementary School
1725 Abbie Dell Avenue
New Albany, IN 47150
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Fairmont Elementary School has been in the service of its community for 69 years. Its building covers 73,030 square feet and houses grades K-4. It is the leader within the New Albany Floyd County School Corporation for serving children with English as a new language. The Fairmont "Cardinals" are well prepared to handle the 18 percent of students they serve with English as a second language.

In 2000, Fairmont joined in a corporation-wide push to intensify energy efficiency efforts with the addition of new modular boilers. This effort, encouraged and aided by school administration, accelerated the existing energy management practices of the corporation and included many exciting developments. Partnering with EPA's ENERGY STAR program, all of the schools in the corporation began working to earn the ENERGY STAR individually. Fairmont earned its first ENERGY STAR in 2008. This was the result of improvements such as remote scheduling of all of the air units, inside lighting, and outdoor parking and security lighting with the use of Andover Continuum, an integrated automation system. This system ensures equipment reliability, keeps operating costs down, and allows for efficient use of resources.

Technology was only one part of these improvements. Classroom energy audits identified areas that could be improved. The corporation began tracking utility bills in a new program, Metrix, and sending out monthly reports to building operators and administrators to promote constant awareness of energy usage. Student and staff education encouraged good habits such as turning off unused lights, unplugging unused electronics, and simple awareness of waste. These small but powerful actions are a part of everyday life in the New Albany Floyd County School Corporation. Through education and accountability, staff and students have become conditioned to these habits.

Fairmont Elementary has found EPA's ENERGY STAR guidelines to be extremely helpful in its goal of reducing the use of natural resources and avoiding expense to the corporation. In the spirit of progress, Fairmont and the other schools in the program are working towards the ultimate goal of ensuring an environmentally friendly corporation for the benefit of students, staff, and the community.

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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by New Albany Floyd County School Corporation or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
New Albany Floyd County School Corporation

Property Manager:*
New Albany Floyd County School Corporation

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (81)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 73030 sf

Year Constructed: 1959

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
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For More Info:
Tom Handy
Manager Energy Systems
New Albany, IN 47150
812-542-2180
thandy@nafcs.k12.in.us