The Kenton County School District in Kentucky educates more than 14,000 students across more than 1.7 million square feet of floor space. Energy management is a critical component of the Kenton County School District's mission and vision to prepare students for the global workplace and market. The district believes school buildings should use less energy, demonstrate sound environmental practices, and serve as fundamental tools for learning. The district's unique concept of energy management extends beyond the physical elements of buildings and recognizes the need to develop a future labor force capable of meeting the anticipated demand for "green collar" jobs. The district's award-winning energy management approach has propelled the Kenton County School District into the upper echelon of environmental leadership. In partnership with ENERGY STAR, Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS), and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project (KY NEED), schools in the district analyze, track, and benchmark energy performance in order to improve energy efficiency. Kenton County School District has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2006.
The Kenton County School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared to a 2006 baseline. The district's school construction and renovation projects focus on high-performance features, student involvement, and life-cycle costs. Buildings are designed with leading-edge technologies to enhance the learning environment, improve energy efficiency, and reduce long-term maintenance costs. New district facilities are equipped with high-performance design features, such as daylight harvesting, solar panels, rainwater catchment systems, vital signs systems, green building materials, geothermal heating and cooling, and vegetated roofs. The districts' high-performance buildings, student energy teams, district energy plan, and behavior modification program (in partnership with New Energy Technologies) have collectively yielded significant savings, which have included more than $1.3 million in utility savings. Compared to its 2006 baseline, Kenton County School District currently prevents the emissions of more than 5,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 146,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.