Kansas City Energy Project has a busy summer ahead. Next up for the project is a news conference and energy summit, then the start of our regular workshops and the launch of our first Mayor’s Energy Challenge – and that’s all in next 6 weeks!
On June 27 the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Heeter, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and Kansas City Power & Light’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs Chuck Caisley, will hold a joint news conference. The KC Chamber will announce its new Kansas City Energy Initiative (KCEI), Mayor James will introduce his Mayor’s Energy Challenge, and KCP&L will share the company’s support for these important initiatives.
On June 30th, there will be a facilitated roundtable conversation with a small group of local community leaders on Kansas City utilizing energy efficiency to reduce energy consumption, create local jobs, save money, mitigate climate change, and improve the resiliency of our community to the impacts of future extreme weather events. Kansas City’s Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo and the Chair of the KC Chamber Roshann Parris will co-chair the roundtable. Ashok Gupta, Programs Director and Senior Energy Economist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, will facilitate the discussion.
The CEP will provide regular workshops and guidance for benchmarking a building’s energy consumption and realizing opportunities to reduce its energy consumption. The first 3 workshops will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month starting in July. Our first workshop is a panel presentation on ‘Benchmarking and ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager’; in August the topic will be financing programs and available incentives. If there’s a topic you’d like to see us cover at a future workshop, post a comment for us.
Mayor’s Energy Challenge
In early 2014 Mayor James shared his goal of creating a healthier, more prosperous Kansas City by targeting our largest source of energy use and climate pollution – buildings. The foundation for reaching this goal is to increase in the number of ENERGY STAR® Rated buildings in Kansas City, and to promote this goal, Mayor James is issuing the Mayor’s Energy Challenge. The Mayor’s Energy Challenge is a request for the businesses and institutions in Kansas City to benchmark their energy consumption with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. The challenge officially starts on August 1st 2014 – more details will be posted soon.