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Mintonye Elementary School
200 W 800 S
Lafayette, IN 47909
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Mintonye Elementary School has served the community for more than 42 years and is one of Tippecanoe School Corporation's (TSC's) 17 schools that partnered with ENERGY STAR in 2007. As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, the school has installed KVAR energy controllers and is supported by a "Green Team" consisting of student volunteers and a faculty advisor that is committed to good stewardship of our natural resources and an educational environment for students that models and teaches responsible waste reduction and recycling.

TSC Energy Manager, Sequoyah Bible, has facilitated the installation of a wind turbine at Mintonye. The turbine was erected at 11:13am on May 4, 2009, and started generating electricity for the first time at approximately 12:16 pm. Mr. Skaggs (Mintonye Elementary principal) notes, "If there's one thing the children can always count on during recess at Mintonye Elementary, it is breezy weather conditions. While welcomed on hot days, the wind often makes recess on winter days feel much colder. Located on flat farmland in southwest Tippecanoe, the anemometer of the school's weather station seems to rarely report a wind speed less than 10 mph, and it is often much higher. Over the years, the school's staff has often joked that a windmill should be installed. That idea is no longer a joke." The 5 kW Iskra wind turbine was placed on the southeast portion of the school property between the school and parking lot at a cost of approximately $40,000, which includes software for educational activities. The turbine will not produce enough electricity to power the school. But electricity generated (est. 6,000 - 8,000 kWh annual) will reduce the building's utility cost. Tipmont has agreed to partner with TSC by billing Mintonye under a net metering arrangement. This will allow the school corporation to receive the maximum benefit from the on-site generation. The immeasurable benefit from this project will be from an educational standpoint as students and the community becomes more aware of being a part of solving historic energy issues and the challenges that are presented for the future.

The energy management program at Mintonye supports the district's commitment to providing the high quality educational programs that its students deserve. Established in 1996, the program provides a complex, highly structured, people-oriented strategy for the district. TSC improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. Through commitment, changed behavior patterns, and careful ongoing auditing, the district has saved more than $14 million (38 percent) in annual energy bills over a 12.5 year period and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 115,611 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the emissions from 20,751 cars, or 2,957,109 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.


To qualify for the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance, TSC took the following actions:

?         1996: TSC Board of Trustees was proactive in hiring an Energy Manager (Sequoyah Bible) for the district and a consulting firm (Energy Education), which implemented its people-oriented Transformational Energy Management Process. Also in 1996, the district, in collaboration with Energy Education, established energy guidelines that enabled every staff member, student, and patron to make a difference in conserving energy and help be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.


?         2007: TSC makes a commitment to take the ENERGY STAR Challenge.


?         2008: Sixteen TSC schools earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.


?         2009: An additional TSC school is awarded the ENERGY STAR.


?         2009 - present: TSC continues energy awareness by implementing hedging strategies for historic cost, maintaining an energy efficiency ethic, and being proactive toward alternative energy (including installing solar panels at Harrison High School in 2008 and a wind turbine at Mintonye Elementary in 2009, as well as installing KVAR energy controllers).


Energy reports are developed monthly for administrators. An annual energy management report is provided for the School Board. An annual energy management update letter is provided to all TSC staff members, students, patrons, and facility users. Media contacts are made aware of the energy program progress at TSC. Visits to principals, custodians, cafeteria managers, teachers, and support staff are made on a monthly or as needed schedule to keep them informed, answer questions, and continue the energy ethic while promoting good stewardship. All interested people are invited to visit and click on Greening TSC to observe ongoing sustainability efforts with energy and environmental stewardship.


"Tippecanoe School Corporation is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts. Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to every student, staff member, patron, taxpayer, and a commitment toward environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs."

-- Sequoyah Bible, Administrative Asst. for Energy Mgmt., Tippecanoe School Corporation

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Tippecanoe 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:*
Tippecanoe School Corporation

Property Manager:*
Energy Education Inc

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (89)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 61940 sf

Year Constructed: 1967

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning