Kansas City is one of 10 cities nationwide selected to participate in the City Energy Project, a 3-year initiative by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) to promote energy efficiency improvements in large commercial and institutional buildings. In addition to Kansas City, the other participating cities are Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles.
As part of the City Energy Project, Mayor Sly James challenged Kansas City businesses to benchmark their energy consumption with ENERGY STAR’s free Portfolio Manager. The challenge runs August 1, 2014 – February 27, 2015, and aims to help 50 buildings achieve ENERGY STAR certification.
Kansas City businesses interested in improving their buildings’ energy efficiency and earning Energy Star certification can sign up at KCcityenergyproject.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded by a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, the City Energy Project will help the 10 cities craft their own customized plans for boosting energy efficiency in large buildings within their city boundaries. Program elements in Kansas City will include energy benchmarking of buildings, building operator training and certification, recognition of building owners/managers who implement energy efficiency improvements, making the business case for energy efficiency investments, and helping building owners/managers to identify local technical and financial resources to implement energy efficiency measures.
Kansas City’s participation will be focused upon reducing energy use in large buildings in our community, saving money on utility bills, putting local people to work making energy efficiency improvements to local buildings, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to achieve the goals of the KCMO climate protection plan.
Buildings are responsible for more than 50% of all carbon emissions in Kansas City and much of the energy consumed in these buildings is wasted. Improving the energy efficiency of our largest office buildings, government buildings, hospitals, schools, and other commercial/institutional buildings could allow us to reduce total energy use in Kansas City by 5%. GHG emissions could be reduced by approximately 6% – almost 590,000 tons per year – an amount that is twice the carbon footprint of all municipal operations in Kansas City. By 2030, the activities of the City Energy Project are projected to save utility ratepayers in KC as much as $55 million annually on their energy bills.
Numerous local organizations are partnering with Kansas City on this important effort – these include Kansas City Power & Light Co. (KCP&L), the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Burns & McDonnell, Hallmark, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 124, MC Realty Group, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Rockhurst University, Truman Medical Center, JE Dunn Construction, the Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC), the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDC-KC), St. Luke’s Health Care, and many other local companies, not-for-profit organizations, institutions, and trade/professional groups. An advisory group that includes these organizations and others will be providing input to KC regarding program design and implementation of the City Energy Project.
Previous Advisory Committee Meetings