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Kentucky 2018

Teachers can access NEED curriculum online. As resources are available, teacher workshops
and hands-on kits are available. Individual state curriculum correlations are available here.

Karen Reagor

State Coordinator
The NEED Project
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

Kentucky Youth Awards Program (YAP) for Energy Achievement:  In April, Kentucky NEED hosts our annual YAP Awards Luncheon 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 Office of Energy Policy (KOEP)
Koep has funded our Kentucky program for over 20 years, through State Energy Program (SEP) and Coal Education funds. This support allows us to host one-day teacher workshops across the Commonwealth.  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.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Member Coops: Blue Grass Energy, Grayson RECC, Cumberland Valley Electric, Jackson Energy, Salt River 
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

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.

Anne Mason Elementary
Georgetown, KY
Project Title:
Watts' Up!
Teacher Advisor: Natasha Conee
Student Director(s): Brooke Saunders

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Lloyd Memorial High School
Erlanger, KY
National Senior Runner Up
Kentucky Senior School of the Year
Project Title:
Can I Get A Watt Watt - Year 4
Teacher Advisor: Melissa Stolz
Student Director(s): Grace Herrmann, Miranda Massmann, Shauna Kitts

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Morgan County High School
West Liberty, KY
Project Title:
Energy Team
Teacher Advisor: Miranda Farmer
Student Director(s): Morgan Farmer

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North Middle School
Radcliff, KY
Project Title:
Energy Efficiency Break Out
Teacher Advisor: Samantha Hardesty
Student Director(s): Allison Lambert, Sabrina Williams, KyAsia Peeler, Diego Herrada

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Ockerman Middle School
Florence, KY
Illinois Elementary School of the Year
Project Title:
Having Fun with Energy
Teacher Advisor: Jennifer Davis
Student Director(s): Sara Assd and Shelby Smith

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Redwood Cooperative School
Lexington, KY
Project Title: "Water" Super Powered!
Teacher Advisor: Sarah Cummins
Student Director(s): Hayden Vance, Lily Adler, Langston Endicott, Theo Cummins, Benjamin Willis

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SCAPA Bluegrass
Lexington, KY
National Junior Rookie of the Year
Kentucky Junior Rookie of the Year

Project Title: "Water" You Drinking? Be a Hydro Hero!
Teacher Advisor: Ashlie Arkwright
Student Director(s): Ally Curry, Hannah Kohm, Riley Gossage, Lola Flanigan, Karsten VanMeter, Luke Nuzzo, Jackson Greene


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Shepherdsville Elementary
Shepherdsville, KY
Project Title:
Chromebooks vs Desktop Computers Energy Usage
Teacher Advisor: Brieanna Swerbinsky
Student Director(s): Owen, Ava, Tatum, Henry, Kyley, Braylon, Destiny

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Southern Elementary
Lexington, KY
Project Title:
Sustainability Stars Teaching Students and Teachers about Energy
Teacher Advisor: Abby Franklin
Student Director(s): Izabella Robinette, Ajah Stockton, Brady Callihan, Nadia Carter, Gabi Blue

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St. Agnes
Louisville, KY
National Elementary Rookie of the Year
Kentucky Elementary Rookie of the Year

Project Title: Energy In Our School
Teacher Advisor: Kelley Mullaney-Schleg
Student Director(s): Maggie Young, Anthony Passafiume, Agnes Boyer, Lily Barker, Alex Moss, Lucy Kaufman

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Tichenor Middle School
Erlanger, KY
Project Title:
Bright Adventures at Tichenor
Teacher Advisor: Dustin Hager

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Warren Central High School
Bowling Green, KY
Project Title:
Green Energy, Let's Build a Brighter Future Together!
Teacher Advisor: Nathan Dick

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White's Tower
Independence, KY
Project Title:
Energy Education, Tips, and New Alternatives
Teacher Advisor: Mike Fairchild
Student Director(s): Mike Fairchild & Eric Hendrix

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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.             



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