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Warren County Public Schools

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Top Performer (2013)
10% Improvement (2013)

Warren County Public Schools (WCPS), located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, operates more than 2.2 million square feet of space and provides instruction to more than 14,000 students. WCPS is the fifth largest school system in the Commonwealth and has been one of the fastest growing school systems in the state. Since 2002, the district has grown by more than 25 percent. The district will continue growing with the attraction of new industries, a blossoming university, and an expanding refugee population. WCPS has had an energy efficiency program in place since 2003, led by Jay Wilson, Energy Manager and in partnership with Cenergistic, Inc. to ensure maximum energy savings are realized wherever possible. WCPS became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2006.

WCPS has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy performance of its facilities by 10 percent compared to a 2004 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average 1 -100 ENERGY STAR score of 82 across its portfolio of buildings. The district raises energy awareness through Respect and Conserve Energy Teams (RACE). Each school has an Energy Team of students and they compete annually in district-wide competitions. After claiming the first ENERGY STAR certified school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the district went on to earn ENERGY STAR certification for 19 schools in its portfolio. In 2010, the district opened the first net zero school in the nation  Richardsville Elementary School. The building, LEED Gold certified, has been featured in national news outlets across the country, and has drawn visitors worldwide. The district has received the following accolades:

          Pacesetters Award, Cenergistic, 2005

·         Energy Excellence Award, Cenergistic, 2005

·         Andromeda Award, Alliance to Save Energy, 2009

·         Green Ribbon Schools Award, U.S. Department of Education, 2012

Since 2003, the district has saved more than $7.6 million on energy bills, which is equivalent to more than 150 teaching salaries. Compared to its 2004 baseline, the district currently prevents the annual emissions of more than 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 36,900 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.