Kentucky 2018

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.

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.             


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