Kansas City Energy Project – Conclusion

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Kansas City Energy Project over the past three years.  Today marks the last day of our program, and I wanted to share references for additional information and details on a few remaining projects.


Kansas City Energy Project

After discussions with many local stakeholders, we have developed the concept for a Clean Energy Resource Center.  The Resource Center will provide Outreach & Promotion, Resource Matchmaking, and Education & Technical Assistance to all Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and Multifamily buildings in the Kansas City Metro.  It builds on the successes and lessons learned of the City Energy Project, creating a local one-stop-shop for clean energy assistance and resources here in Kansas City.


Housed within the local nonprofit Metropolitan Energy Center (www.metroenergy.org), the Resource Center will launch later this year.  The Kansas City Energy Project and Metropolitan Energy Center teams continue to fundraise for the Resource Center and refine the programs that will be initially offered.  The KC CEP list serve will be notified when more information is available on the launch of the Resource Center.  Please contact Jennifer Gunby (Jennifer.Gunby at KCMO dot org) to receive notification.


If you are interested in the second phase of the City Energy Project and the ten new cities to launch energy efficiency initiatives, follow their progress at  www.cityenergyproject.org.



2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge

Planning for the Recognition Event is underway!  We had 40+ buildings accept the Challenge to improve their 2016 energy consumption compared to a 2014 baseline year.  Join us for a Recognition Event for the participating buildings and organizations.  Details and registration information will be shared when available.

2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge Recognition Event: Save-The-Date

Tuesday June 13th

Registration and breakfast at 7:30 am, Program from 8:00 am- 9:30 am.

Union Station, Chamber Boardroom, 30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Hosted by the City of Kansas City Missouri, USGBC Central Plains Chapter and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce



Kansas City Missouri’s Energy Empowerment Program

For buildings in Kansas City Missouri subject to the Energy Empowerment Ordinance, your best resource is the program’s website – http://kcmo.gov/kcgreen/benchmarking.  There is also an Energy Empowerment Ordinance Help Center reachable at benchmarking@kcmo.org or 816-513-3462.  If you are interested in finding out more about cities with similar policies, visit www.buildingrating.org.


Energy Efficiency Resources

If you would like to find out more about upcoming workshops and training opportunities, while eagerly awaiting the launch of the Clean Energy Resource Center, the USGBC-Central Plains Chapter (www.usgbc.org/usgbc-central-plains) hosts a variety of events, and the Built Environment Partners (http://bepkc.org) is a collaboration of organizations involved with the built environment with a shared calendar on their website.


Energy Star®, and Energy Star® Portfolio Manager continue to be a great resource for energy efficiency.  Visit their website at www.energystar.gov, their Help Center at www.energystar.gov/buildingshelp, or find a list of available trainings and access the knowledge base at www.energystar.gov/buildings/training.



City Energy Project Phase II Announcement


Kansas City is very excited to help welcome 10 new cities to the City Energy Project!


With funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, the City Energy Project officially launched on January 29, 2014.  In its first phase, the project supported 10 cities: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; and Salt Lake City.


In December 2015, CEP announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation doubled their commitment, providing an additional $10 million in funding to extend the project from 2016 through 2018 and expand the work to a cohort of new participating cities.  In November 2016, 10 new cities joined the project. They are Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; Miami-Dade County; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Providence, R.I.; Reno, Nev.; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; and St. Paul, Minn.


The City Energy Project mission remain the same – create healthier, more prosperous American cities by targeting their largest source of energy use and climate pollution: buildings.  Visit the National project’s website (cityenergyproject.org) or follow us at #CityEnergyProject to find out more.


Here’s a map of all 20 City Energy Projects.




Congratulations to MC Realty!

MC Realty is the recipient of two 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign awards for “Highest Percentage Energy Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure” for an incredible 83 percent energy savings at Poindexter Garage and “Exemplary Office Sector Parking Facility”.  The recognition program is a collaboration of the Building Owners and Managers Association International, International Facility Management Organization, International Parking Institute, U.S. Green Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance.


Check it out at

LEEP Campaign website  http://www.leepcampaign.org/uploads/7/4/8/7/7487823/2016_lighting_energy_efficiency_in_parking_campaign_award_winners_announced.pdf

KC Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2016/10/26/mc-realty-cuts-parking-facility-costs-dramatically.html

BioStar Website – http://biostarlighting.com/2016/10/26/mc-realty-honored-us-green-building-council-doe-biostar-projects/

First Dataset Available from Energy Empowerment Ordinance

Per the City of Kansas City, Mo. Energy Empowerment Ordinance, city-owned buildings over 10,000 square feet are now reporting their energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. A few bonus data points were also included – estimated energy costs and environmental impact data on some smaller buildings.

Two interactive data visualizations platforms were created for you. Both allow you to interact with the data with a single click on any data point. Try it out on OpenDataKC or experiment with this tool.

Rules Are Now Available for the Kansas City Energy Empowerment Ordinance

Effective May 5, 2016, Rules for the Energy Empowerment Ordinance are available to be used for guidance on how to comply with the benchmarking policy requirements. The Rules provide guidance on topics including definitions; covered buildings; compliance schedule; benchmarking and reporting requirements; maintenance of records; exemptions; and enforcement.

In Kansas City, the City Council is the legislative body that adopts broad mandates and then agencies responsible for implementation develop rules that provide details on how to carry out implementation. The Rules for the Energy Empowerment Ordinance were developed by city staff with stakeholder input from the City Energy Project Advisory Committee, a committee comprised of appointed members representing local industries, businesses and nonprofits, co-chaired by Councilman Scott Taylor.






Mayor’s 2016 Energy Efficiency Awards

Kansas City Mayor Sly James hosted the second annual Energy Efficiency Awards Breakfast on Wednesday April 27 2016. Jointly hosted by Kansas City Energy Project and Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Mayor James recognized area businesses and organizations for contributing to a more sustainable community.

2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge

The 2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge invites businesses and institutions to improve their building’s energy performance. Mayor James recognized “early-bird” participants in the 2016 Challenge. These buildings are reducing their energy consumption while using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to measure and track energy consumption.  Congratulations and thank you to these organizations that have already signed up for the 2016 Challenge:

Hines – 2555 Grand

H&R Block – H&R Block World Headquarters

City of Kansas City, Missouri – 4 Buildings

Kansas City Public Schools – 35 Buildings


Superior Energy Operations through Building Operator Certification

These organizations have demonstrated a commitment to make their buildings more comfortable and energy efficient through facility staff completing Building Operator Certification® (BOC). BOC is nationally recognized program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures. The awardees each have two or more BOC Level 1 graduates AND one or more BOC Level 2 graduates in the last seven years.

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City of Kansas City, Missouri

 Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

General Services Administration




Kessinger Hunter

MC Realty Group


Superior Energy Performance through ENERGY STAR Certification

This award recognizes building owners maintaining high energy performance standards, demonstrated by achieving an ENERGY STAR® score of 75 or greater and by regularly verifying this performance through ENERGY STAR® Certification. The awarded owners represent buildings earning four or more ENERGY STAR® Certifications in the last 10 years, including at least one in the last two years.

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SIR Properties Trust and Shook, Hardy & Bacon for 2555 Grand

  • Owner and Property manager: SIR Properties Trust (owner) and The RMR Group, LLC (manager); Major tenant: Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Built in 2003, the building is 595,607 sq ft, 24 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications: 2008-2015


Assurant Inc. for Assurant Building, 2323 Grand Blvd

  • Owner and Property Manager: Assurant, Inc.; Major Tenants – SunLife Financial; Siegfried & Bingham; Thornton Tomesetti; Brown & Ruprecht, Birch.
  • Built in 1985, the building is 365,000 sq ft, 11 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications (Score): 2010 (91), 2013 (94), 2014 (93), 2015 (91)


Hines for The Views at 2345 Grand

  • Owner: FSP Grand Boulevard LLC; Property manager: Hines; Major Tenants – Lathrop & Gage, AECOM, Armstrong Teasdale.
  • Built in 1977, the building is 640,00 sq ft, 27 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications: 2004-2014.


Sovereign Partners, LLC for Ten Main Center, 920 Main Street 

  • Building Owner: Sovereign Partners, LLC; Property manager: Cushman Wakefield; Major Tenants – Thomas McGee, Walter P Moore, Missouri Housing Development Commission
  • Built in 1968, the building is 355,000 sq ft, 20 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications: 2012-2015


Home-grown Innovation Award

Awarded to an organization for their work to advance the building energy efficiency industry through an innovative program or product developed in Kansas City.

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Awarded to Milbank Manufacturing for SynapSuite.

SynapSuite is an energy management system that controls, optimizes and balances electric generation sources with loads in order to shave peak load and provide the most efficient use of energy for grid-tied as well as microgrid installations.


Success in Energy Efficiency through Major Renovation in the Urban Core

Awarded for redeveloping a vacant or blighted structure in the urban core into an energy efficient building that provides significant benefits to the community. Energy efficiency is demonstrated by a source EUI in the top third of national peer building’s or an ENERGY STAR® score of 67 or greater.

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Awarded to The Bancroft School Apartments – 4300 Tracy Avenue

Partners: The Dalmark Group, BNIM, Straub Construction, Bancroft School Investors, Make it Right Foundation, Manheim Park Neighborhood Association


Located in historic Manheim Park Neighborhood, The Bancroft School Apartments is a historic renovation of Bancroft Elementary School consisting of 50 affordable housing units, 29 in the renovated school building and 21 new units built on school grounds. The project was completed in October 2013 and fully occupied before the end of that year. With an ENERGY STAR® score in the top third, Bancroft is performing 40-50% better than industry standards; Bancroft has received LEED Platinum Certification.


Daylight Saving Time & Energy Efficiency

This weekend it is time to ‘spring forward’ and start Daylight Saving Time.  This adjustment to the clock was originally planned as a creative way to save energy by Canada and Germany during World War I, and established uniformly in the United States in 1966.  But whether changing our clocks actually saves energy receives mixed reviews.  Most studies conclude that at best is saves very little energy and in fact may actually increase energy consumption.  Our reduced need for lighting in the evenings is offset by greater cooling needs.


Interested in reading more?


Take a looks at this Forbes.com article from last year, which includes links to many research studies on the topic.



And my favorite from this year, a blog post on Quartz.com with their explanation as to why America will never get rid of Daylight Saving Time.



What do you think – is shifting what the clock reads during the daylight hours worth the effort?