Moshannon Valley high showcases upgrades

Moshannon Valley High School’s energy upgrades drew several businesses, state legislators and representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday for a tour of the building.

The district recently achieved Energy Star certification and was a 2017 winner of the Moving to the Head of the Class Award from the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Education Fund, which earned the school a no-cost, in-depth energy analysis from Warren Energy Engineering.

“We were honored to earn the Energy Star certification for superior energy performance at Moshannon Valley School District and appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in our efficient operation, including students, teachers, staff, and business partners including Warren Energy and Schneider Electric,” a statement from district Superintendent John Zesiger read. “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community that we are good financial stewards with taxpayer dollars. It also demonstrates that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations of students.”

The tour on Thursday concluded in the school’s renovated gymnasium, where Dave Kramer, program manager at Schneider Electric, presented Superintendent Zesiger with Schneider Electric’s 2018 Champion of Energy Efficiency award. Along with the award, Schneider Electric made a donation of $1,000 in support of the aquaponics lab.

“We’re proud to have supported Moshannon Valley School District in recently achieving Energy Star certification. Five years ago, our partnership began with a focus on leveraging savings to enhance the student learning environment. The district’s enduring commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability made them a clear choice for this year’s award,” Kramer said.