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Kenton County School District

Ft. Wright, Kentucky

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Kenton County School District (KCSD) educates more than 14,000 students across 1.7 million square feet of space. The district continues to make great strides in energy efficiency through committing to ongoing energy management, investing in energy-efficient new construction, involving students in energy efficiency initiatives, and adopting new technology. The district’s program is so successful that school districts from across Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and North Carolina have modeled their own energy programs after it, and many have adopted its E=WISE2 student program. KCSD is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its significant commitment to building and operating energy-efficient schools and for using ENERGY STAR tools and resources as a central component of its energy program. Key accomplishments include:

  • Benchmarking district facilities in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and surpassing its goal to improve energy efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a 2005–2006 baseline year.
  • Increasing the district’s average 1–100 ENERGY STAR score to 76, representing a three-point increase from last year.
  • Earning ENERGY STAR certification for one more school, bringing the total number of ENERGY STAR certified schools to 11 out of 18 schools in the district.
  • Saving more than $1 million in avoided costs in the past 12-month performance period, and incorporating ENERGY STAR best practices into the district’s behavioral management program.
  • Accumulating more than $3.9 million in savings based on a $3.2 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), and entering into a new $4.1 million ESPC to further improve energy efficiency.
  • Promoting the district’s participation with the ENERGY STAR program on the district’s website, in presentations, at luncheons, and in published materials.