The School Energy Manager Project (SEMP) within KSBA came to an end effective August 31, 2018.
Originally funded with ARRA Funds and later with Utility Funding, the SEMP accomplished much:
- Through SEMP leadership, the statewide energy utilization index for Kentucky’s Public Schools lowered over an eight year period from 65 to below 50 KBTU/SF/yr
- The corresponding dollar savings (returned to the classroom) were over $225 Million
- Despite rising energy costs, Kentucky schools are spending less in non-transportation energy in today than in FY2010.
- The number of ENERGY STAR labeled school buildings in Kentucky went from 12 in 2008 to 450 through fiscal year 2018. The number of ENERGY STAR labeled buildings made Kentucky the third ranked state in the nation for the highest percentage of ENERGY STAR labeled school buildings.
- Over 600,000 metric tons of COX gases into the environment were eliminated
The School Energy Management Project was recognized nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Department of Energy as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in Program Delivery for 5 years of Sustained Excellence for:
- Leading a statewide energy management campaign focused on energy efficiency for new and existing public schools
- Assisting district personnel through analysis of technical issues, development and implementation of energy management plans and evaluation of energy technologies.