Trane and Knox County Schools Share Best Practices for School Upgrade Process with Green Schools Conference Attendees

Trane and Knox County Schools Share Best Practices for School Upgrade Process with Green Schools Conference Attendees

Atlanta, March 16, 2017 – Chuck Burnette, area contracting manager for Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will join other educational thought leaders to share Knox County School District’s energy saving success story at the Green Schools Conference & Expo held March 21-22 in Atlanta.

“Many schools face the challenges of aging infrastructure and high energy and operational costs but don’t know where to start to fix their schools or fund improvements,” Burnette said. “Knox County Schools portray a great example; they funded their improvements with future energy savings while achieving impressive energy and operational savings. They also engaged both the school community and the students – educating them about the process.”

Burnette will join Zane Foraker, energy manager for Knox County School District, in describing how the upgrades helped Knox County Schools reduce their energy use per square foot by nearly 40 percent, despite expanding nearly 600,000 in square footage. Knox County Schools completed a three-phase $70 million upgrade to 93 district buildings that benefit students, teachers, taxpayers and the environment – all accomplished without additional costs to taxpayers.

Presenters will highlight key success factors such as staff engagement and energy-use tracking in buildings for better operational decision-making. The presentation by Foraker and Burnette, Facility Transformation Cuts Energy Costs Even While District Footprint Grows, will be offered on Tuesday, March 21 from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

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2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo
The 2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) is being held March 21-22 in Atlanta. The event connects educators, school leaders, nonprofit organizations and other green school champions for two days of learning and networking.