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Kentucky School Boards Association

Frankfort, Kentucky

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) is a nonprofit corporation of school boards from each public school district in Kentucky, historically providing members governmental, board development, facility planning, legal, policy, and outreach services. Following the 2008 enactment of Kentucky Revenue Statute KRS160.325 directing local boards of education to address rising energy costs, KSBA created the School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) with the motto “dollars for students not energy.” In 2010, SEMP helped establish a state-wide energy management infrastructure to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency projects in schools. KSBA is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its commitment to intelligent energy choices for new and existing public schools, in order to enhance both the environment and educational opportunities for the Commonwealth’s 645,000 public school students. Key accomplishments include:

  • Assisting Kentucky school districts in formulating and implementing energy management plans using the seven-step ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.
  • Acquiring matching funding through fiscal year 2015 to provide 24 energy managers for 58 school districts, and technical support for all 173 Kentucky districts. Funds were secured through partnerships with Kentucky’s largest utilities (Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities) and through a competitive proposal for Tennessee Valley Authority Consent Decree funds, administered by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
  • Contributing to an increase in the number of ENERGY STAR certified schools in Kentucky from 12 to more than 230 since 2008, by helping fund and facilitate the inclusion of ENERGY STAR resources and tools in schools’ energy manager training.
  • Continuing to redirect avoided energy costs to classrooms for enhanced education opportunities, for a cumulative impact of $32 million since the 2009–2010 fiscal year.
  • Educating school board members, superintendents, government officials and legislators throughout Kentucky on the importance of energy management, through presentations, newsletters and personal contacts.