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SETE Scholars' Award-Winning Projects

Congratulations to the SETE Scholars

April was an award-winning month for the scholars in the Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Academy! The SETE scholars entered their energy conservation projects in the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) state contest for Youth Energy Achievers. Their project was selected as the most outstanding rookie project AND the most outstanding high school project! They will be recognized at the awards luncheon in Frankfort on June 6th. Later in June, they will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the National NEED Conference. Their project will be entered in the national competition.

The SETE scholars also entered articles explaining their year-long projects in the Young Reporters for the Environment Contest, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. Two of the SETE teams were selected as winners! Trey Zimmerman and Zach Major won first place in this national contest and will be receiving an iPad as their prize. Zack Fries and Marquea Schwing won third place and will receive a Smart Pen as their prize.

The Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Teachers couldn't be more proud of these hard-working scholars!

Kenton County School District Named EPA Partner of the Year







Fort Wright, KY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Kenton County School District as a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for strategically managing and improving the energy efficiency of its entire building portfolio. Through its partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, Kenton County School District has improved its energy performance, saved money, and helped to protect the environment for future generations.


“Managing our energy use in partnership with ENERGY STAR has significantly reduced our energy costs,” said Rob Haney, Executive Director of Support Operations. “Making the district’s buildings more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways for us to prevent pollution and save money, and we are honored to be recognized by EPA for our efforts.”


With a focus on ongoing performance measurement and whole-building improvement, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program provides a proven energy management strategy that has helped the district achieve important reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Key accomplishments of the district’s award-winning energy management program include:





Construction of three energy efficient schools – Turkey Foot Middle School is one of the most energy efficient buildings in the state and nation and has an ENERGY STAR ranking of 100. Features include photovoltaic solar panels, rain water catchment, and first vegetated roof on a school. 

Energy E=WISE2 Program – The Kenton County School District has student energy teams in each of its 18 schools. The teams are dedicated to teaching energy efficiency in their schools and in the community. Over 1200 students have been members of the teams throughout the years. The student teams have also tracked performance data on daylight harvesting and rain water harvesting in the district’s three energy efficient schools.

Silver LEED certification for Twenhofel Middle School

Award of four consecutive state and national awards from National Energy Education Development (NEED) to the Kenton County School District

Ten (10) Energy Star Rated Schools


“Superior energy management is our most cost-effective climate strategy and Kenton County School District continues to exemplify leadership in this category,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The district’s innovative practices provide a model for energy management in the places we work, shop, and play. These strategies help the bottom line and support the well-being of families across America by reducing pollution and protecting the environment.”

EPA’s annual ENERGY STAR Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The award winners are selected from nearly 20,000 partners that participate in the ENERGY STAR program and will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2013. Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visitwww.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).




Simon Kenton Students Design Solar Ovens!


Holly Meade and many of her students identified in Gifted/Talented and/or leadership researched making solar powered pizza box ovens and shared that knowledge with Kenton Elementary Energy E=WISE2 over a three-week time frame.
The science project was part of Holly’s first year teaching KTIP project.
“I found an idea where I would have my students make solar powered pizza box ovens to go with the theme of Kenton’s Energy E=WISE2 group. I chose students of mine that were listed as Gifted/Talented in Science and/or leadership,” said Holly. “The Kenton Elementary students told me that they liked working with the high school students and that some of them can now say they have a friend at Simon Kenton! That was the coolest part. They also learned about how the ovens worked and how they can use these instead of a regular oven to conserve energy.”
Kenton Energy E=WISE2 members were given additional directions on how to make the boxes again and recipes that they can use the ovens for.
“My students are in the process of completing surveys and reflections on their experience, but from feedback I have already received I have heard my students saying that they really enjoyed working with the younger students, they felt that they helped them to understand and learn important science concepts by completing a hands on activity with them. They also enjoyed taking the time outside of school tom show their leadership skills,” said Holly.


Simon Kenton students involved in the project posed for a group picture. L-r ,front row: Katie Adams, 14; Tira Bickers, 14; Sydney Carpenter, 15; Kendra Chambers, 15; Megan Eichert, 14; L-r, back row: Holly Meade, teacher; Carly Garrison, 14; Annalise Palmer, 14; Corey Reynolds, 14; Katie Taylor, 14; Abbie Thatcher, 14; Mallory Valentine, 15. Absent when this picture was taken are Garrett Cobb and Josie Boswell.

ENERGY STAR Partnership

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program provides our District a solid foundation and direction for first identifying energy waste in our schools and then taking action to eliminate the waste. ENERGY STAR’s Guidelines to Superior Energy Management is a proven approach to help any organization reduce its energy use. When combined with using a building’s ENERGY STAR Rating monthly to focus all parties on improving the rating, everyone gets involved and energy waste is driven from the building, which in turn significantly lowers cost and the amount of Greenhouse Gases put into our atmosphere. We recommend everyone visit ENERGY STAR'S Guidelines for Superior Energy Management and learn how this wonderful program can help your organization and/or your home save energy.

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