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The Barren County Board of Education presented KEEPS Regional Coordinator Kimberly Joseph with the district's Community Leadership Award at the board's February meeting. The Barren County Public School District is one of 30 school districts in Central and Western Kentucky that Joseph serves. The Community Leadership Award is the highest award that the board may present to a person or organization outside of the school district.
"This award is reserved for only those who have given generously and unselfishly of their time, expertise and leadership to make the Barren County School District a stronger district and a better district in support of our efforts to serve the children of Barren County, and Kimberly Joseph does exactly that," said Superintendent Bo Matthews.
As a KEEPS regional coordinator, Joseph develops information and tools to support KEEPS initiatives, provides training and outreach to school district energy teams and energy managers and facilitates regional network meetings and events. According to Matthews, Joseph helped the district develop and adopt an energy policy, create a district energy committee and school energy teams and has worked closely with the district's energy manager and facilities director in establishing strong energy conservation and recycling programs.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Joseph. "Working with the people in the Barren County School District has been wonderful because they have been committed to building a district-wide program focused on conserving energy and recycling. It has been wonderful to see the district's program grow over the past two years. Not only has the district realized energy and waste reduction, but the students are learning about these topics through hands-on projects, presentations and community involvement."
Keith Harlow, an energy specialist with whom the district has contracted for energy manager services, worked closely with Joseph in meeting all of the state's requirements for collecting and reporting data on district energy consumption, energy reduction initiatives and cost savings realized through improved energy performance. Additionally, through Joseph's work with Harlow and District Facilities Director Steve Russell, the district earned three state energy awards over the past year.
"The Barren County School District has been very fortunate to have had the support and guidance of Kimberly Joseph and the KEEPS program," said Harlow. "Clearly, she is an advocate for children and a proponent of saving energy in order to redirect savings to support teaching and learning."
Previous recipients of the Community Leadership Award include Kentucky State Senator David Givens, Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, Kentucky State Representative Johnny Bell, the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, the Glasgow Electric Plant Board and the South Central Rural Telephone Corporation.
Richardsville Elementary Featured in "Zero Energy Buildings" Report
Richardsville Elementary School in the Warren County Public School District was featured in a new report released by the New Buildings Institute and the Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium.
The report "Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update: A First Look at the Costs and Features of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings" was released on March 6 and examines the number, location, costs and design strategies of various types of zero energy and zero energy-capable commercial buildings - highly efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they use through on-site renewable energy resources.
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K-12 Energy Star Partners in Kentucky
Letcher County Public Schools and Mason County Public Schools recently became Energy Star Partners.
Of Kentucky's 174 school districts, 128 (74%) are Energy Star Partners - a 1,180% increase in participation since 2009. Kentucky has the highest percentage of K-12 Energy Star Partners in the country.
IT Energy Savings for Non-Techies
High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop
March 14 - Louisville, Kentucky
The workshop will include presentations and provide information about sustainable school design concepts and how, when applied, those concepts reduce energy use and operating costs. This annual event is sponsored by the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) and the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence in cooperation with AIA Kentucky.
KEEPS is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the combined efforts of the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, the U.S. Department of Energy and KPPC.
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