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Sustainability in ACTION. Fayette County Public Schools A national leader in Sustainability. www.Sustainability.fcps.net. Scott Smith Britney Thompson Tresine Logsdon. Sustainability Team Accomplishments. Developed overarching tasks for 2010-2011

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Sustainability in action

Sustainability in ACTION

Fayette County Public Schools

A national leader in Sustainability

www.Sustainability.fcps.net

Scott Smith

Britney Thompson

Tresine Logsdon


Sustainability team accomplishments

Sustainability Team Accomplishments

  • Developed overarching tasks for 2010-2011

  • Established sustainability goals for school system

  • Established an energy baseline and benchmarked the school systems energy usage

  • Conducted in depth energy assessments at two schools and energy reviews at 27 schools

  • Established two energy pilot schools: Rosa Parks Elementary and Henry Clay High School

  • Established a Sustainability Council for Fayette County Public Schools

  • Developed a Sustainability Plan for Fayette County Public Schools

  • Created sustainability curriculum: E=USE2 (Education leads to Understanding Sustainability, Energy and our Environment)

  • Created the school system’s Sustainability Web Site

  • Obtained Energy Star Certification from U.S. EPA for Rosa Parks Elementary

  • U.S. EPA certified Fayette County Schools as an Energy Star Partner

  • Documented energy & cost savings of $900,000

  • Obtained reductions in energy rates through the Kentucky Public Service Commission


Fayette county utility costs

Fayette County Utility Costs


Kentucky electricity costs

Kentucky Electricity Costs


Energy benchmarking

Energy Benchmarking

  • In FY2011, 32 out of 48 measurable facilities lowered their energy intensity from the 2005-2008 baseline period

  • Energy intensity is the measure of energy used per square foot, in KBTU/SqFt/Yr

  • Pilot School Rosa Parks dropped from an average 80.09 KBTU/SqFt/Yr baseline to 42.60 KBTU/SqFt/Yr in FY2011 – 47% decrease


Rosa parks energy savings

Rosa Parks Energy Savings

Energy Star Ceremony – September 2nd at 11:00 am


Savings cost avoidance added value

Savings + Cost Avoidance + Added Value


Sustainability council

Sustainability Council

  • Made up of a cross-section of FCPS and community stakeholders whose charge it is to develop and maintain a comprehensive, realistic, impactful and visionary district Sustainability Plan.

  • Meets monthly to review and advise on progress of Sustainability Plan.

Mary Wright, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly Breeding, Director of Risk Management and Safety

Ken Tate, Director of Operations

Scott Smith, Sustainability Consultant, Smith Management Group

Tresine Logsdon, Energy & Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator

Britney Thompson, Energy & Sustainability Manager

Garry Hoover, Financial Systems Manager

Scott Fitch, Maintenance Department

Leslie Thomas, Rosa Parks Elementary School Principal

Lester Diaz, Henry Clay High School Assistant Principal

Melinda Kinsel, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School Teacher

Andrea Baker, E.J. Hayes Middle School Teacher

Chris Tyler, Parent Representative

Jane Brady Knight, Henry Clay High School Student Representative

Sustainability Council Adjunct Members

Martha Tarrant, Ross Tarrant Architects

Maxine Rudder, Bluegrass PRIDE

John Noel, Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA)

Erika Wolfe, Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS)


Sustainability plan

Sustainability Plan

Developed with four main goals to work towards:

  • Strive to be Toxins Free

    • FCPS will strive to be toxins free. To the extent possible, we will eliminate chemicals and other materials that could adversely impact the health of the students, faculty and staff or the air and water of our community.

  • Use Natural Resources Responsibly

    • Fayette County Schools will utilize our natural resources responsibly. We will develop programs to continually assess and reduce our energy and water usage. We will also manage programs that reduce and recycle solid wastes that are produced within the school system.

  • Create Indoor & Outdoor Green & Healthy Spaces

    • We will create green and healthy spaces inside and around our schools.

  • Teach, Learn, Engage, and Celebrate

    • Fayette County will be a national leader in environmental education and provide an enjoyable, engaging and celebratory experience for our students.

Released in April 2011, with regular updates to come


E use 2

E=USE2

1,022 Students

  • Education Leads to Understanding Sustainability, Energy & the Environment

  • Student-driven, Core Content-based 8-step program

31 schools

Step 1: Form an E=USE2 Team

Step 2: Energy Assessment (Secret Energy Audit, Plug Load Survey, Light Level Survey, KGHS Energy Inventory)

Step 3: Awareness & Education (Light switch/exterior door stickers, posters, video, patrol Post-Its)

Step 4: Design/Implement Sustainability School Improvement Project

Step 5: STEM and our Environment (CAER, UK College of Ed)

Step 6: KY NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement program

Step 7: Summary & Wrap Up: What’s It All Mean?

Step 8: Recognition and Reward ($$$)


E use 2 in action

E=USE2 in action

Over $11,000 student-written energy grant funds utilized by our schools for student-designed energy school improvement projects


Other projects

Other projects

  • School Garden Coalition

  • Renovation 101 Teams

  • No Idling Campaigns

  • Living Lab Teams

  • Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council

  • Campus Composting

  • Rain Gardens

  • Community Gardens

  • Industry grade energy audit student shadowing

  • Recycling

  • Carpooling

  • Sustainability grant facilitation

  • Youth Urban Tree Corps

  • Awareness/Communications (faculty meeting presentations, Ch 13, website, monthly newsletter)

  • Senior Mentoring Projects


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Sustainability in action


Goals for the future

Goals for the Future

  • Reduce energy consumption overall by 10% from the 2005-2008 baseline levels by July 30, 2012

  • Develop a strategy for natural gas purchasing

  • Develop a strategy to accomplish energy reduction of 10% at Henry Clay High School by December 2012

  • Review and update Sustainability Plan

  • Review, reduce, and eliminate excess energy usage and rate surcharges

  • Follow-up with schools who have undergone energy audits

  • Seek additional Energy Star certifications on eligible facilities, including Wellington Elementary and Locust Trace AgriScience Center

  • Add software necessary to track energy usage more efficiently

  • Improve E=USE2 program based on FY2011 feedback

  • Increase students’ exposure to environmental sustainability issues in FCPS

  • Leverage technologies within Locust Trace AgriScience Center and Wellington Elementary to educate students and community members about sustainability

  • Increase internal support for energy education and sustainability program


T hank y ou

Thank You!


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