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KSBA school energy program earns fourth straight federal ENERGY STAR partner recognition

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

KSBA’s accomplishments on behalf of Kentucky’s public schools will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., on April 26.

Since 2010, KSBA and its School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) have led a statewide energy management campaign focused on energy efficiency for new and existing public schools. The program assists district personnel through analysis of technical issues, development and implementation of energy management plans, and evaluation of energy technologies.

It also helps educate school board members and administrators in implementing best practices for reducing energy costs, and is a resource to the network of school energy managers it helps train and support.

“Because of a mandate for Kentucky public school districts to focus on energy efficiency, KSBA began providing energy management support, which is not your typical school board association service,” said KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong. “Given that energy costs are second only to personnel costs, it has been critical to support energy management efforts to save dollars that can then be channeled into the classroom.”

SEMP Director Ron Willhite said the program has excelled because it is a true partnership with participating districts.

“Kentucky schools have made significant progress in the last seven years in eliminating wasteful spending on energy, as boards, staff and students have focused on implementing best energy-efficiency practices,” Willhite said. “It’s an honor to accept the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the fourth year on behalf of the efforts of Kentucky’s school districts.”

The 2017 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts.

These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products and services; new homes; and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

KSBA–SEMP helps school districts through funding and training for school energy managers, who work to cut costs and increase efficiencies. KSBA–SEMP personnel help energy managers:

— Break down analytical and technical issues.
— Develop and implement energy management plans.
— Comply with statutory and board policy requirements.
— Track energy usage.
— Coordinate recognition events.
— Collaborate with various stakeholders on energy-saving activities.

From KSBA Communications

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