Hamilton Southeastern Schools recognized for energy efficiency


Hamilton Southeastern Schools was among 13 schools and districts nationwide recognized as Solutions Strategists for improving energy efficiency and student health through the federal Efficient and Healthy Schools Program.

The program is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy, according to an announcement from the school district.

“We are proud of the work we have done at HSE to improve our systems,” stated Bob Rice, HSE Schools’ energy manager. “We have reduced our energy use by installing solar arrays, enhancing the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and have made sustainable changes to our food services program. Not only have these improvements lowered our operating costs, but these changes also provide an opportunity for our students and administration to lead by example at a national level.”

According to the announcement, schools represent the third-largest sector of commercial energy use in the United States.

“School building energy consumption costs school districts more than $8 billion annually and produces emissions equivalent to 18 coal-fired power plants,” the announcement stated. “This number is staggering and part of the impetus to create the Efficient and Healthy School Program.”

The distinction recognizes HSE as a K-12 energy efficiency, health, comfort and resilience leader, according to the announcement. It provides an opportunity to continue the momentum to improve school infrastructure.

Efficient and Healthy Schools Program honorees attended an April 26 summit at the White House in Washington, D.C.