The Fogelsville and Parkway Manor Elementary Schools have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environment protection. This signifies that the buildings’ energy performances rate in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide. Ironton won the award last spring and more schools will apply for the award this year. Pictured above is the Parkway Manor team of School Services Director Dale Reitz, 3rd grade teacher Sandra Solt, Principal Scott Bartman, Guidance Counselor Janice Carroll, Adminstrative Assistant Lauren Moeltner, and Custodian Robert McKenna.
EPA’s national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The detailed report that was given to the District by the EPA after careful analysis of the schools’ operations stated that the total energy cost per student at Fogelsville and Parkway Manor is $172 per year and that the 2010 Pennsylvania school average is $217 per student per year.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, both Fogelsville and Parkway Manor Elementary Schools took the following actions:
- Developed Energy Conservation Committees to encourage best practices in energy conservation and discuss/implement suggestions made by other staff with regards to energy savings.
- Underwent a complete lighting retrofit in the buildings that includes sensors that will turn on lights when people are in the room and automatically turn off lights when no one is in the room.
- Both buildings were renovated in the mid 90’s, insulating appropriately and installing energy efficient windows.
- Continued to provide a well-maintained HVAC system in the building.
- Installed turbulators in the boilers.
Dale Reitz, Director of School Services, who filed the application for Energy Star consideration noted, “All of Parkland schools are taking similar steps in energy conservation and we will be applying for ENERGY STAR status at more buildings in the future. In the meantime, we are pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of energy efficiency efforts at Fogelsville and Parkway Manor and applaud the schools’ Energy Committees who are working with their colleagues to demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs.”
Dr. Louise Donohue, Superintendent of Schools, stated, “None of this could have been possible without a caring school board and community that supported the efforts of a long-term vision during the last 20 years to maintain and update our facilities, retrofitting our older buildings with energy efficient materials. I am so pleased to receive this award and thank the Fogelsville and Parkway Manor staff and students for their help in raising awareness about energy conservation.”
Parkway Manor Commitee Fogelsville Committee:
Dale Reitz, Director of School Services Dale Reitz, Director of School Services
Scott Bartman, Principal Diane Neikam, Principal
Robert McKenna, Custodian Donna Rex-Frantz, Custodian
Lauren Moeltner, Clerical Secretary Jessie Castro, Kindergarten Teacher
Janice Carroll, Guidance Counselor Tricia Richard, Second Grade Teacher
Megan Moran, 1st Grade Teacher Brenda Talhelm, Secretary
Sandra Solt, 3rd Grade Teacher