Kentucky School Boards Association
Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Energy Efficiency Program Delivery
The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) is a nonprofit corporation of school boards from each public school district in Kentucky. KSBA provides comprehensive school board services, including energy management, and 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—Sustained Excellence recognition for its commitment to intelligent energy choices for new and existing public schools to enhance both the environment and educational opportunities for the Commonwealth’s 650,000 public school students. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Helping more than 60 schools earn the ENERGY STAR for the first time.
- Enacting a Kentucky Battle of the School Building competition modeled after EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition.
- Contributing to an increase in the number of ENERGY STAR certified schools in Kentucky—from 6 to more than 370 since 2006—by helping fund and facilitate the inclusion of ENERGY STAR resources and tools in schools’ energy manager training.
- Achieving more than $120 million in avoided energy costs, and reducing electricity usage across the state by more than 380 million kilowatt hours since 2010.
- Reducing the statewide energy utilization index from 65.1 to 52.0 kBtu per square foot since 2006.
- Participating in EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP or ENERGY STAR Challenge with 24 schools across six 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.
- Assisting Kentucky school districts in formulating and implementing energy management plans using the seven-step ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.