Date: January 31, 2012
KEEPS – Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS) will host an awards banquet to recognize 47 Kentucky school districts that have created successful energy-saving initiatives since January 2011. The banquet will be held Friday, February 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Spirit Room at the KFC YUM! Center and will coincide with the Kentucky School Boards Association’s annual conference. KEEPS Stewardship, Champion and Leadership awards will be presented to school district superintendents, energy managers and board members. Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters and University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Dean Dr. Neville Pinto are the keynote speakers for the event.
KEEPS is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded program that provides training, online resources and technical assistance to help Kentucky school districts reduce operational costs through improved energy performance. It is a free, non-regulatory program, which is administered by the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
As participants in the KEEPS program, Kentucky school districts develop energy management programs based on the U.S. EPA Energy Star seven-step energy management process. KEEPS awards are presented to school districts that reach program development and energy performance milestones throughout the process.
The event will also formally introduce the 2011 KEEPS Status Report, which provides an overview of the free and non-regulatory services that KEEPS offers to school districts, summarizes program activities and achievements to date, and highlights the energy use reduction of 71,869 MMBtu and avoided energy costs of more than $4.5 million through best energy management practices implemented by the districts in fiscal year 2011. The KEEPS Status Report is available to download on the KEEPS website, www.kppc.org/KEEPS.
"Kentucky's school districts are setting the national standard for energy efficiency,” said KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf. “The investment of time and effort that these school districts commit to their energy management programs pays off in terms of providing a better learning environment for our students and teachers as well as cost savings for the taxpayers who support our educational system.”
Representatives from the media who are interested in attending the KEEPS Awards Banquet should contact Chris Wooton at (502) 852-2275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.