Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr and Thomas Nelson High School (TNHS) Principal Wes Bradley hold the school district’s newest Energy Star award, presented November 19, during the regular meeting of the Board of Education. With them are (from left): architect Steven Ward, Studio Kremer Architects; board members Nicky Rapier, Frank Hall and Damon Jackey, engineer Doug Hundley, CMTA Consulting Engineers; board chairman Larry Pate, builder Michael Salsman, BCD Inc.; and board member Diane Berry. The Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency award that identifies and recognizes the most energy efficient buildings in the United States. Thomas Nelson made the grade by earning a 99% rating in energy savings, placing it among the top one percent of buildings in this country of a similar type. Just 17 school buildings in Kentucky have scored 95 and above to earn a Energy Star. Thomas Nelson is easily the highest scoring high school on that list of high performance buildings in Kentucky. Foster Heights Elementary School is also on the list, having paved the way for this latest achievement, when in 2011 it became the first school in Nelson County to earn a Energy Star, with a score of 95. Studio Kremer, CMTA and BCD were principally involved in the design and construction aspects of both buildings. The Nelson County School system has long been a leader in energy conservation.