The Kentucky USGBC hosted a project tour at the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm on August 15, 2012. Locust Trace is a Net Zero Energy 9 -12 Fayette County Public School located at 3591 Leestown Road.
At Locust Trace, students learn about agricultural business, farm management, environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship. The students work directly with animals and crops at the 82 acre site. The students can take classes in Plant and Land Science, Biotechnology and Environmental Science, Agriculture Power Mechanics, Equine and Vet Science and Small and Large Animal Science.
Locust Trace leads the way in sustainability by pursuing net zero energy usage and “sitting lightly upon the land”. The farm is minimally connected to water, sewerage and electrical municipalities. Locust Trace relies on photovoltaic solar panels, constructed wetlands, on site wells, cisterns, and passive solar and geothermal technology.
Topics touched on during the tour included the collaborative project process, Net Zero Energy + Water + Waste goals and strategies, and cultural challenges with making the shift to renewables with this real world education project. The tour included the academic building, the greenhouse, the arena, and the outdoor site. The braver participants enjoyed climbing a ladder to the catwalk in the arena, and were rewarded with spectacular views.
The tour was led by Susan Hill, AIA, LEED AP BD+C with Tate Hill Jacobs Architects. Joining her in presenting were Stephanie Febles, CGD, EIT, LEED AP and Isaac Fedyniak, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, NABCEP PV (both CMTA Engineers) along with Kevin L. Warner, registered landscape architect with Carman, a landscape architecture, urban design and civil engineering firm.
Tour participants earned 1.5 GBCI CMP Credits.
Report and pictures by Communications Committee Event Reporter Tom Hailey of Bristol Group.