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KSBA school energy program earns third straight federal ENERGY STAR Partner recognition


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored the Kentucky School Boards Association’s School Energy Managers Project with its 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

This is the third consecutive year the organization has been recognized for assisting Kentucky school districts in reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency in district buildings.

Since 2010, KSBA-SEMP has led a statewide energy management campaign focused on intelligent energy choices 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.

This is the third consecutive year the organization has been recognized for assisting Kentucky school districts in reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency in district buildings (EPA Image)

This is the third consecutive year the organization has been recognized for assisting Kentucky school districts in reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency in district buildings (EPA Image)

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

“KSBA-SEMP aids schools in a unique way – providing energy management support, which is not your typical school board association service,” said KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong. “Rising utility costs have strained school budgets, but this program has allowed many districts to save significant 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. “It’s an honor to accept the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the third year on behalf of the efforts of Kentucky’s school districts,” he said. “This year is especially significant as being recognized with the sustained excellence award.”

“Kentucky schools have made significant progress in the last six years in eliminating wasteful spending on energy, as boards, staff and students have focused on implementing best energy efficiency practices,” Willhite said. “The ENERGY STAR certification provides positive recognition of responsible energy and fiscal management practices by school districts.”

The 2016 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, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

These accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13.

About School Energy Managers Project (SEMP)

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
— Report energy use data to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet and the legislature
— Collaborate with various stakeholders on energy-saving activities.

From U.S. EPA Communications


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