Karen Reagor

State Coordinator
The NEED Project
76 Childers Road
Clay City, KY 40312

Tel: 859-802-2024


About The Kentucky NEED Project

The Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is the state program of the
National Energy Education Development Project, a not-for-profit education association that focuses on
K-12 energy education. NEED provides workshops for teachers, grade-appropriate curriculum materials
and kits for energy activities in the classroom. NEED also assists schools in forming student energy teams
that study how energy is used in the schools and implements programs to help reduce energy consumption.

Program Highlights

Teacher Workshops: Each fall we offer 1-day professional development for K-12 educators, where teachers are introduced to the NEED curriculum and are active participants in many NEED activities.

Student Energy Teams (SET):  Our Kentucky NEED program strongly encourages students to engage in assessing energy usage and behaviors in their schools, then develop and facilitate an energy savings plan for their schools.  Over 100 Kentucky schools host active SETs.  

Kentucky Youth Awards Program (YAP) for Energy Achievement:  In April, Kentucky NEED hosts our annual YAP Awards Luncheon in Frankfort in partnership with the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools program.  Student groups are recognized for the energy and environmental projects they have completed during the school year.

Kentucky Energy Tour:  In June we host our annual Energy Tour for Kentucky Educators, spending five (5) days on a tour bus visiting energy sites across the Commonwealth.  We have a three year rotation, visiting sites in east, central and western Kentucky.

Kentucky is fortunate to have program sponsors who provide funding for schools across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI)
DEDI has funded our Kentucky program for over 15 years, through State Energy Program (SEP) and Coal Education funds. This support allows us to host one-day teacher workshops.  They also support our Student Energy Team program and our Kentucky Youth Awards Program. The coal education funds support our five (5) day Energy Tour.

Duke Energy – Kentucky
Sponsoring programming in their northern Kentucky service territory, Duke Energy has been a funding partner since 1995. This program provides 1-2 educator workshops each year, funds our Saving Energy At School and Home program and supports our Kentucky Youth Awards Program.

Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities (LG&E/KU)
Our partnership with LG&E/KU began in the fall of 2009 and allows us to work with K-8 teachers and students in schools receiving electric utilities from either LG&E or KU. In addition to hosting eight (8) workshops in their service region, we have four (4) regional coordinators assigned to specific districts who provide additional services to the schools. Professional development for the teachers, training for the student energy teams and classroom presentations are just a few of the options available through this program.

Kentucky Power/AEP (KP/AEP)
KP/AEP supports schools in the far eastern region of Kentucky.  The program continues to support the CFL giveaway for families and was expanded this year to include a 1-day workshop for teachers in schools receiving electric utilities from KP.

Salt River RECC, Nolin RECC, Bluegrass Energy  (East Kentucky Power Cooperatives)
These energy cooperatives provide funding to support teachers in their service territories to attend our 1-day workshops and other training opportunities.

Non-funding Partners

School Energy Managers Program (SEMP)
Kentucky is very fortunate to have the support of DEDI and the KY School Board Association (KSBA) for the SEMP program, providing energy managers for many of our Kentucky Schools.  We work closely with these energy managers to support student engagement in addressing energy usage and behaviors in their schools.  Our Student Energy Team (SET) program is one of the strongest in the U.S.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC)
EKPC has been a longtime supporter of our program providing resources for teachers and logistical support for our energy tours.


Anchorage Public School
Anchorage, KY
Kentucky Junior Rookie of the Year
Project Title:
Anchorage Energy Stars
Teacher Advisor: Raechel J Minor
Student Director(s): Julia Werner

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Central Hardin High School
Cecilia, KY
Kentucky Senior Rookie of the Year
Project Title:
Hit the Ground Running
Teacher Advisor: Carissa Argueta

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Crittenden County Middle School
Marion, KY
Project Title:
Energy Carnival
Teacher Advisor: Carol Davis
Student Director(s): Quinn Templeton

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Early College and Career Center
Elizabethtown, KY
National Senior School of the Year
Kentucky Senior School of the Year
Project Title:
Teacher Advisor: Joe Stuecker
Student Director(s): Jame Rogers

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Julius Marks Elementary School
Lexington, KY
Kentucky Elementary Rookie of the Year
Project Title:
Greening Our School One Carbon Footprint at at Time
Teacher Advisor: Amanda Heltzel
Student Director(s): Amanda Heltzel

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Lincoln County Middle School
Stanford, KY
Project Title:
Be EnLIGHTened
Teacher Advisor: Cassy Elmore
Student Director(s): Alyssa DeShon/Antonio Prieto

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Lloyd Memorial High School
Erlanger, KY
Project Title:
Can I Get a Watt Watt - Year 3
Teacher Advisor: Melissa Stolz
Student Director(s): Grace Herrmann

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North Middle School
Radcliff, KY
Project Title:
Energy Education
Teacher Advisor: Samantha Hardesty
Student Director(s): Kaevon Boles, Khyree Boles

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Ockerman Middle School
Florence, KY
Kentucky Junior School of the Year
Project Title:
That's A Lot-A Watts
Teacher Advisor: Jennifer Davis
Student Director(s): Zac McEachern, John Wharton

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Old Mill Elementary School
Mount Washington, KY
Project Title:
Most Efficient Light Bulb
Teacher Advisor: Alicia Doyle
Student Director(s): Sean, Isaac, Landen, Blake, Kaitlyn, Garrison, Shelby, Haley, Kyndal, Grace, Sarah, and Morgan

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Plano Elementary School
Bowling Green, KY
Project Title:
Watt's It All About
Teacher Advisor: Connie Choate
Student Director(s): Parker Morris, Aidan Rogers

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Shepherdsville Elementary
Shepherdsville, KY
Project Title:
Lamps vs Overhead Lights Which is better?
Teacher Advisor: Brieanna Swerbinsky
Student Director(s): Isabelle, Savannah, Kansas, Christian, Rylan, Brooke, William, Reina, Ciera, Alia, Chandler,  Kaylee, Kaidon

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Tichenor Middle School
Erlanger, KY
Project Title:
TMS Energy Conservation Project
Teacher Advisor: Nikki Greis-Renaker
Student Director(s): Nick Lang and Ashley Howard

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Virginia Chance School
Louisville, KY
National Elementary School of the Year
Kentucky Elementary School of the Year
Project Title:
Transforming Our Community
Teacher Advisor: Sarah Cummins
Student Director(s): Anna Abell, Mimi Mutchnick, Keira Olson, Jillian Tabler, Westin Robbins, Winston Haas

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West Hardin Middle School
Cecilia, KY
Project Title:
WHMS: Saving Energy and Saving the World
Teacher Advisor: Emilee O'Brien
Student Director(s): Carlie Clements

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White's Tower Elementary School
Independence, KY
Project Title:
White's Tower Energy Wise Team Project
Teacher Advisor: Mike Fairchild
Student Director(s): Eric Hendrix

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NEED National Training Conference
As Kentucky prepares to implement new science standards, twenty-one Kentucky teachers attended the National Training Conference and worked with Kentucky NEED team members to plan how to best incorporate NEED resources into their curriculum.


LG&E and KU Partnership

Four Kentucky NEED Regional Coordinators worked with K-8 schools in 70 school districts across the Commonwealth during the 2013-14 school year as part of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E/KU) Children’s Energy Education Program. Charged with establishing embedded energy education programs in K-8 schools receiving their electricity from either LG&E or KU utilities, the coordinators worked full-time to achieve this goal. They provided teachers with professional development opportunities, made classroom presentations and assisted schools in establishing and/or maintaining their student energy teams. Eight one-day NEED workshops were held for the teachers, introducing them to NEED’s energy education resources and providing them with hands-on kits for their students. Due to their efforts, we now have reached 191 schools, have 72 educators with embedded NEED programs in their classroom and 47 sustained student energy teams across the state.

Duke Partnership

Schools in Northern Kentucky were offered two community-wide energy education opportunities through our Duke Energy sponsorship. Student groups were invited to apply for mini-grants to plan and facilitate energy education projects for their families and community members. Several Energy Fairs were held across Northern KY. Students were invited to participate in the distribution of residential energy efficiency kits to households are Duke electric customers. In addition, Duke also sponsored one NEED Energy Workshops for Educators for the region.

Student Energy Team from Hinsdale Elementary School – Kenton County


Kentucky Power/AEP CFL Project 

Working with KP/AEP partners, Kentucky NEED planned and facilitated three professional development opportunities for seventh grade teachers in the service territory in support of the utilities’ CFL project. NEED curriculum and resources that support energy efficiency lessons were provided.

High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop

The 2013 Kentucky NEED High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop, held in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) continues to impact energy efficient school design in Kentucky. During workshop sessions, school administrators, architects and engineers heard from design experts and administrators about a holistic, systems approach to school design and renovation. A program highlight was a presentation by Kenton County high school students on their research of energy efficient design opportunities in their district.             


Kentucky Energy in Education Collaboration

During the ARRA funded years, Kentucky developed a successful collaboration of several organizations working to address energy issues in K-12 schools. When the funding ended, three of these organizations chose to continue the collaboration. Kentucky NEED, Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools Program and the School Energy Manager Project are carrying on their partnership to work in support of teachers and students who want to learn about and address energy and environmental issues in their schools.             


Kentucky NEED Sponsors
Thank you to the following sponsors who make Kentucky NEED programs possible.

Kentucky NEED Partners

If you would like more information on becoming a KY NEED sponsor or partner, please contact Karen Reagor at