Advance registration for inaugural School Energy Summit nears 200; KSBA recognized for second straight year as ENERGY STAR partner

Staff of KSBA’s School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) have put the final touches on the lineup of speakers, topics and field trips for the first School Energy Summit, May 9-10 at the Holiday Inn-East in Louisville.

The preregistration numbers are approaching 200, including board members, superintendents, facility managers, other administrators and energy-related exhibitors. Online registration remains open here.

The site also includes the updated agenda for the sessions that begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 9. State EILA, finance officer and school board member training hours are approved for the event.

Among the recently confirmed presenters is Michael Schmitt, chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, the state agency that oversees electric and natural gas utilities, among other responsibilities.

Meanwhile, KSBA has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the 7-year-old SEMP initiative and named recipient of a “2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence – Energy Efficiency Program Delivery” honor.

In ceremonies in Washington, D.C. last week, the association received its second consecutive award for its ongoing work to help Kentucky schools reduce energy costs, increase energy efficiency and educate students, staff and families in ways to achieve greater energy conservation in their schools and homes.

KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong and SEMP director Ron Willhite accepted the award on behalf of the association’s board of directors.

Photo above: Willhite, (left) and Armstrong (center) receive the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

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