Kentucky School Boards Association
Partner of the Year
Energy Efficiency Program Delivery
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® Partner of the Year 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 2014 accomplishments include:
- Assisting Kentucky school districts in formulating and implementing energy management plans using the seven-step ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.
- Contributing to an increase in the number of ENERGY STAR certified schools in Kentucky from—12 to more than 265 since 2008—by helping fund and facilitate the inclusion of ENERGY STAR resources and tools in schools’ energy manager training.
- Participating in EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition with two school districts.
- Educating school board members, superintendents, and government officials and legislators throughout Kentucky on the importance of energy management through presentations, newsletters, and meetings.
- Committing more than 70 school districts to using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® to benchmark energy data.
- Achieving more than $48 million in avoided energy costs, and reducing electricity usage across the state by more than 339 million kilowatt hours since 2010.