The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner, Bullitt County Public Schools (BCPS), for the energy productivity advances made in its Mt. Washington Elementary School. Located in Shepherdsville, Kentucky and serving more than 13,000 students, the school district committed to improving its energy performance by 20% over a 10-year period across its two million square foot portfolio. The school district is well on its way to achieving this goal and has already reduced energy by 18% from a 2013 baseline.
Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited Mt. Washington Elementary School, the district’s Better Buildings Showcase Project, to congratulate the school on its significant energy savings achieved. The school was selected for a year-and-a-half long renovation that resulted in 32% annual energy savings and $28,000 annual costs savings.
The Bullitt County Public Schools District has engaged students and faculty in its commitment to energy management by implementing a district energy plan that encourages each person to take responsibility for using energy efficiently. The plan also includes guidelines on building operations and maintenance such as temperature controls, building resource management, lighting, space heaters, filters, holiday period procedures, new construction standards, and water conservation.
Find out more about the energy saving renovations made by Bullitt County Public Schools.
The Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Government was recognized as the 2018 Green Leadership City, a distinction awarded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization. The award recognizes the city for its adoption of clean, propane-powered mowers, among other environmentally-friendly programs that support the city’s highly-regarded sustainability plan.
“The Green Leadership City Award highlights public agencies demonstrating a commitment to environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices, which the city of Louisville has shown by adding propane mowers to its municipal equipment fleet,” said Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development for PERC. “Louisville has set an incredible example for the rest of the region of what a municipality can accomplish when it decides that its environmental impact matters and takes necessary steps to reduce its carbon footprint.”
Find out more about how propane mowers help improve Louisville’s long-term sustainabilty goals.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Domtar with a 2018 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Water for their Hawesville Water Conservation Project. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas.
“Domtar showed that a number of small, focused projects can add up to a big impact, namely slashing their Hawesville mill’s water intake by a third,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.
Domtar’s mill in Hawesville, Kentucky mill made 17 upgrades, repairs and process changes that conserved vital water resources for their operations and the mill’s surrounding ecosystem. These small, relatively inexpensive projects amounted to collective water savings of nearly 2,200 gallons per minute or 3.2 million gallons per day. The mill’s total water intake decreased 34 percent, contributing to cost savings to pump, treat and heat process water, boiler feed water and effluent.
Read more about Domtar’s award winning sustainability improvement efforts.