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Kentucky schools competing in “Battle of the School Buildings” competition through KSBA SEMP initiative
Kentucky schools competing in “Battle of the School Buildings” competition through KSBA SEMP initiative

Many times, losing is negative. In the Kentucky Battle of the School Buildings Competition, losing means winning for a school.

KSBA’s School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) is hosting the program. In a similar national competition, schools produced an average savings of approximately 8 percent, amounting to $20,000 per building per year for commercial buildings. Some competing buildings have reduced energy use by 35 percent and as much as more than 50 percent.

Schools from across the state will measure and track their monthly energy use for calendar year 2016 using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, an online measurement and tracking tool. Comparisons will be made with the schools’ 2015 energy use.

KSBA-SEMP will recognize the Top Kentucky School Building, determined by the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use achieved from 2015 to 2016. KSBA-SEMP will also recognize schools that reduce energy use by 20 percent or more from 2015 to 2016.

Any K-12 public school can participate by following the instructions and submitting the form to be found here.

Schools that participate in this competition will also qualify to participate in the National Battle for the Buildings. For more information, contact Martha Casher at KSBA SEMP martha.casher@ksba.org or 800-372-2962.