Councilman Scott Taylor, 6th District at Large has been chosen as the co-chair on the City Energy Project Advisory Committee for the next three years. An Energy Efficiency Summit was held on June 30 at Union Station that discussed this project and other local energy initiatives; Kansas City was one of ten cities chosen for this nationwide project to reduce energy. The goal to reduce energy will help the economy, environment and community. In Kansas City the initial target for reducing energy is the large, preexisting buildings. Buildings within the city can get involved with the Mayor’s Energy Challenge by benchmarking energy consumption. More information about benchmarking and the Mayor’s Energy Challenge can be found at http://kccityenergyproject.wordpress.com/ or Jennifer Gunby, the Community Energy Program Manager can be contacted at Jennifer.Gunby@imt.org or 816-513-3473.
This project is scheduled to last three years, with continued projection into the future and by 2030 Kansas City should see a 5% reduction in total energy use. This will save the city; local businesses and its citizens a significant amount of money, estimated to be about $50 million annual savings. Councilman Taylor explained that, “we hope companies will reinvest this money saved, back into the Kansas City economy.” Not only will this become a way to combat climate change and excess pollution, but it will allow for the creation of local jobs that will focus on the work needed to reach the city’s energy efficiency goal.
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Information on the project from all cities involved can be found at this site: http://www.cityenergyproject.org