I wanted to introduce myself to those who are following the City Energy Project. My name is Jennifer Gunby and I joined the CEP team last week. I am part of a network of City Advisors from the Institute for Market Transformation placed in cities across the country to support building energy efficiency policy initiatives and to advance each city’s CEP goals. I am an engineer (PE), a LEED AP, and am a certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP) by the Association of Energy Engineers. I have worked in built environment industry for 10 years, the last 5 of those in energy. And I am very excited to be a part of such a great project.
Currently, the CEP team is working to develop a plan tailored to Kansas City to advance energy efficiency and reduce waste in our large buildings, which represent roughly 50 percent of the citywide square footage. This plan will include multiple complementary strategies, integrated so they will have greater impact than any one program or policy alone could have. The plan will provide energy efficiency solutions that are unique, flexible, and support the following goals:
- Promote efficient building operations: Strong building energy performance can be achieved through efficient operations and maintenance and the training of facilities personnel.
- Encourage private investment: Common-sense solutions to financial and legal barriers to energy efficiency will increase private investment in building energy improvements.
- Show City leadership: Cities should lead by example and reduce taxpayer-funded energy consumption in municipal buildings, and encourage the private sector to match their actions.
- Promote transparency: Building energy performance information should be transparent and accessible to spur market demand and competition for energy-efficient buildings.
We hope to have more great news on our progress very soon. Stay tuned to this blog to find out more!