Lincoln County Schools, located in south central Kentucky, educates over 4,000 K-12 students and encompasses over 600,000 square feet of space. Lincoln County Schools seeks to enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to become healthy and productive adults; to become lifelong learners who can solve problems and manage change; and to have a positive impact on their communities, their country, and their world. In keeping with this vision, Lincoln County Schools has committed to developing a comprehensive energy management plan to address the operational cost and environmental impact of district facilities. Through the implementation of this plan, the district strives to maintain the most current and accurate information possible about energy use in the district; to encourage awareness and engagement from students and staff members through the development of School Energy Teams; and to continuously evaluate buildings and systems for potential improvements in energy efficiency. A partner of the ENERGY STAR program since 2010, the district is enabled to set achievable goals for energy conservation and to participate in awareness-raising activities such as the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition.
Lincoln County Schools has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent compared to a 2010 baseline. In addition, the district's Lloyd McGuffey Sixth Grade Center earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. In 2010, the school board enacted an Energy Management Policy, which required the superintendent to establish a District Energy Team to evaluate the district's energy use, facilities, and operational practices and to set goals for energy reduction from a baseline year. The district also appointed a full-time energy manager to improve the energy efficiency of district facilities. School Energy Teams in each school conduct assessments and spread awareness about energy conservation, reporting their progress to the school each month. Successful efficiency measures include the installation of geothermal heat pump HVAC systems, energy-efficient lighting upgrades, energy-shutdown checklists for all major holidays and breaks, reprogramming of existing building automation systems, and consolidation of personal appliances into larger, ENERGY STAR qualified products. Since its baseline year, the district has prevented the emissions of more than 660 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 17,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years. Since implementing its energy management plan, the district now saves over $70,000 each year.