The Energy and Environment Cabinet congratulates Olin Brass, Schneider Electric, the Kentucky School Boards Association, Kenton County School District and Scott County School District, recipients of the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award.
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy honor businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Whether a first time Partner of the Year winner, or a Sustained Excellence winner, these organizations are taking a leading role in helping us all to save money, save energy, and protect the environment.
The ENERGY STAR Awards will be presented to 168 partners on April 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
The 2018 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award will be presented to the Kentucky School Boards Association, Frankfort; Kenton County School District, Ft. Wright; and Scott County School District, Georgetown, for receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for multiple years and going above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify in energy efficiency program delivery and energy management. Olin Brass and Schneider Electric, both located in Louisville, are first-time Partner of the Year recipients, recognized for their leadership and best practices in implementing energy efficiency programs.
KSBA earned the award for management of the School Energy Managers Project, a program launched in 2010 to facilitate energy efficiency in K-12 schools. Through the energy management program, KSBA has helped schools save more than $170 million in avoided energy costs, reduce overall energy usage, and increase the number of ENERGY STAR schools from 68 in 2010 to 410 by the end of 2017. KSBA provides ongoing efforts to educate school leaders and promote ENERGY STAR tools to achieve energy savings in schools across the state.
Kenton County School District’s outstanding energy management and nationally recognized energy education programs earned the Sustained Excellence award for the fifth consecutive year. Through the district’s energy reduction practices in 2017, the district avoided more than 41.4 million in energy costs, the equivalent to 38 teaching positions, and reduced district-wide source energy usage by 4 percent. The average ENERGY STAR score of benchmarked buildings increased to 91.
Scott County Schools earned national recognition for its effective use of ENERGY STAR tools and resources in its energy management plan. Key accomplishments in 2017 include savings of more than $900,000 in avoided costs, reducing energy usage more than five percent district-wide, and achieving an average portfolio-wide ENERGY STAR score of 94. Scott County School District has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010.
Olin Brass is a leading manufacturer of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated components in North America. The company has developed a sustainability program from the ground up using ENERGY STAR energy management guidance and tools. Olin Brass is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for the commitment of employees and management to build energy management into all operations.
Schneider Electric serves clients in more than 100 countries worldwide, providing energy management and automation services. Schneider Electric is receiving Partner of the Year recognition for advancing ENERGY STAR programs through benchmarking and integrating efficiency strategies into its services for commercial and industrial property managers across North America.
For over 25 years, the federal ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped American save more than $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity while achieving broad emissions reductions.
To learn more about ENERGY STAR in Kentucky, contact Lee Colten, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Lee.Colten@ky.gov