Green Buildings & Green Schools

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Kentucky Green Schools Coalition - 1-14-2016 - Copy

KCC is part of the Kentucky Green Schools Coalition (pictured above)

While Kentucky is challenged in its diversification of its energy mix, there is one area where we excel, which is in our development of Energy Star Schools, where we are ranked THIRD in the nation, with 326 schools to date!

Kentucky has shown its leadership through its “School Energy Managers Project”, which was developed to help school districts reduce rising energy costs that strain school budgets by putting professionally trained energy managers into schools. To date the SEMP program calcuates avoided costs of $68 million dollars…real money that can be re-directed toward education.

A green school is a healthy environment conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.

By promoting the design and construction of green schools, by greening the operations and maintenance of existing schools, and by incorporating sustainability across curriculum and into communities, we can make a tremendous impact on student health and learning, school operational costs and the environment.

Three pillars of a green school

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education launched its Green Ribbon Schools award program—a monumental step forward for the green schools movement—by asking schools, colleges and universities to show their progress toward these pillars. And since 2012, the Center for Green Schools has asked the participating countries in our Global Coalition for Green Schools to sign on to the goals of the three pillars as well.

The three pillars—environmental impact, human health and eco-literacy—act as a simple, elegant organizing principle for K-12 schools and higher education institutions around the world as they journey toward whole-school sustainability. This definition unites the education, health and environmental communities in a global green schools movement.

In a 2016 report State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities, the Green Schools Alliance estimated that the nation as a whole is spending only two thirds of what is needed in school facilities every year, underinvesting by a staggering $46 billion annually.

Links for Green Schools information:
Environmental Education in Kentucky website
Kentucky School Energy Managers Project
Kentucky Statutes on Energy Efficiency for Schools
Green Schools Alliance
Center for Green Schools