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Jennings Creek Elementary School

Warren County Board of Education | Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kentucky’s Next Zero Energy School

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Jennings Creek Elementary School exemplifies the energy-reducing design strategies adopted across the district, utilizing solar power as an on-site renewable energy source to achieve a zero-energy status. The school is situated on a shared campus with the neighboring Henry Moss Middle School, fostering integrated learning between the two institutions and establishing a cohesive P-8 learning environment.

Though the buildings are physically separate, an outdoor walkway and supervised corridor connect them, enabling staff and students to access the multifunctional Cafetorium featuring a stage, Group Study Areas, and the eye-catching Monumental Collaboration Stair. During evening events, the classroom wings can be secured while still permitting access to the Collaboration Areas.

The Media Center houses maker spaces designed to encourage group meetings and nurture collaborative thinking among students. At the heart of the Media Center is the Media Hub, where students can use computer workstations in a supervised setting.

Every classroom is equipped with flexible seating options, including wobble chairs, exercise balls, and couches, allowing students to expend energy in non-disruptive ways while enhancing the learning experience. The easily movable furniture further supports this approach.

The school’s green kitchen strategies involve eliminating deep fryers and tilting skillets to conserve energy and align with the district’s commitment to offering healthier meals to students.

Jennings Creek Elementary is designed to operate at less than 17.5 EUI/SF/YR creating an average savings of over $195,000 a year in energy costs.

Sustainable Features:

  • 327 kw Photovoltaic Alternative Renewable Energy Source
  • Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Bldg Envelope
  • Passive Daylighting Controls/Strategies
  • Geothermal HVAC
  • Efficient Kitchen Strategies – Eliminates Type 1 Hood
  • Super Insulated R-32 Roof
  • Occupancy, Motion & CO2 Monitoring
  • LED Lighting
  • Net Metering
  • Stained Polished Concrete Floors
  • Operations & Maintenance Plan