Kenton County School District
Ft. Wright, Kentucky
Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Kenton County School District (KCSD) educates more than 14,000 students across more than 2 million square feet of space. The district continues to make great strides in energy efficiency through its commitment to ongoing energy management, investing in energy efficient new construction, involving students in energy efficiency initiatives, and adopting new technology. KCSD is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence 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 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving an average portfolio-wide 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of 91 across district buildings.
- Realizing more than $1.4 million in avoided energy costs, and more than $9.8 million since 2005 by incorporating ENERGY STAR best practices into the district’s behavioral management program.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for two new schools, reducing portfolio-wide average site energy use by 13 percent, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent.
- Promoting participation with the ENERGY STAR program on the district’s website, in presentations, at luncheons, and in published materials.
- Providing weekly performance reports and posting ENERGY STAR scores on the district’s website and energy billboards in the schools. KCSD also provides monthly energy reports to the Board of Education.
- Recruiting two interns to participate in Kenton County’s Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Academy, including serving as energy captains to support the “Shutdown with ENERGY STAR” program within 75 JCPenney stores.
- Implementing a new energy recognition and incentive program, allowing schools to earn money for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming and facilities improvements.