A Tale of Two School Districts Implementing Energy Management Programs

  • Jim R. McClanahan C.E.M., P.E., Energy Manager Scott County Schools
Keywords: Energy Management

Abstract

This article describes the implementation of energy management programs in the Scott County School District located in Georgetown, Kentucky, and the Woodford County School District located in Versailles, Kentucky, along with the results obtained. It considers the unique ability that K-12 schools have to implement energy management programs with their student bodies. When students become engaged, outstanding results can be achieved. The process used and the results obtained in both school districts will be discussed with a special focus on student engagement and the resulting impacts.

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Author Biography

Jim R. McClanahan, C.E.M., P.E., Energy Manager Scott County Schools

Jim R. McClanahan is employed by the Scott County Board of Education as an energy manager. The school board has an agreement with the Kentucky Association of School Boards (KSBA) School Energy Manager Project (SEMP) that allows him to work as the energy manager for the Scott County School District and also to assist other school districts throughout Kentucky. He is currently assisting Woodford County by training a new energy manager and he has started assisting the Bourbon County School District to get their energy management program started. For the prior five years Jim McClanahan worked as the energy manager and assistant director of maintenance for the Scott County School District located in Georgetown, Kentucky. For the prior two years he has also served as the energy manager for the Woodford County School District in Versailles, Kentucky. Jim worked as the assistant director of maintenance for the Scott County School District from 2007 to 2010. From 1999 to 2006, Jim served as a legislative member of the Scott County government. Previously, Jim worked for IBM/Lexmark as an engineer, first line manager and middle manager for 26 years. Jim is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) as well as a Professional Engineer (PE) in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. Jim has a BSME degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, a masters degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from Xavier University. Jim has a passion for working with students to teach them how to save energy at home and at school. Jim has been married to Janet for 46 years and they have two children who are married with six grandchildren. Jim can be reached via email at jim.mcclanahan@scott.kyschools.us.

Published
2016-06-01
Section
Articles