The Kentucky School Boards Association announced Tuesday that Bourbon County Schools has joined the growing list of Kentucky school districts that are 100% Energy Star certified, placing the district in the top 25% of the most energy-efficient school districts in the nationwide. Bourbon County is the 23rd school district in Kentucky that is 100% ENERGY STAR.
Energy Star Schools use 35% less energy and generate 35% less greenhouse gas than similar schools across the nation. Since 2010, the number of Energy Star schools in Kentucky has grown from 68 to 439.
Energy Manager Jim McClanahan presented a certificate signed by Gov. Bevin and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely to Principal Kerrie Katz at the district’s January Board of Education meeting.
“KSBA is extremely pleased to recognize Bourbon County Schools for becoming 100% Energy Star,” said McClanahan. “This standing takes commitment from the board of education, superintendent and staff. Taking action to manage energy-efficiency demonstrates commitment to fiscal responsibility and to also managing the district budget.”
“With rising energy costs typically the second highest line item in a school’s budget, superintendents and boards of education are taking action to achieve savings through energy management,” said Ron Willhite, director of the KSBA School Energy Managers Project.
The KSBA-SEMP program has supported energy-efficiency initiatives in Kentucky’s 173 school districts since 2010 by identifying resources to place energy managers in schools and through education, technical and administrative assistance. Energy Star has remained the operational framework for advancing energy-efficiency practices in many school district portfolios. These efforts of the KSBA-SEMP program have produced powerful results through fiscal 2017, saving more than $170 million cumulative avoided costs.