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About EnergyWorks KC

EnergyWorks KC (EWKC) is funded by a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings Neighborhood program, a subset of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). EWKC is one of 25 grant applications selected from 175 competitive submissions.

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The EWKC initiative provides a range of resources to those in and across the City of Kansas City, Mo., with an emphasis in seven targeted neighborhood areas.

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Creative Program Components


EWKC seeks to creatively preserve our country’s resources by conserving energy.

Buildings at the end of their lifecycle are typically demolished and the waste hauled to landfills. Deconstruction salvages and recycles materials such as doors, sinks, windows, hardwood floors and any other building components that still retain value. Materials previously categorized as “waste” are kept out of landfills.

Resources are available to home and business owners whose buildings have materials that can be reused. Contact the Mid-America Regional Council and Habitat ReStore for additional information.

Workforce Development

Working with local non-profit organizations, EWKC puts our neighbors, those underemployed and unemployed, to work in our neighborhoods--deconstructing residential buildings that are unsafe. Trained workers learn valuable skills, earn pay, repurpose materials and restore our neighborhoods. Contact the EWKC Workforce Development Project Manager at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to learn more.

Under the direction of MARC, six organizations in the Kansas City region are providing workforce development training programs in support of energy efficiency, water conservation and deconstruction through the EnergyWorks KC program.

Full Employment Council (FEC)
The Full Employment Council is developing a "Green KC Careers Training Initiative" to increase the number of individuals trained and placed in deconstruction, water conservation and building energy efficiency.

Johnson County Community College (JCCC)
Johnson County Community College provides green job training to JCCC students and helps establish a green jobs pipeline in the metro area's hospitality industry to increase the energy efficiency and water conservation of restaurants.

Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKC)
Kansas City Kansas Community College provides a "Construction Green-Up" training program to prepare unskilled and low-income for employment in a construction "green job" with a focus on deconstruction training.

Metropolitan Community College (MCC)
Metropolitan Community College trains individual contractors/laborers in abatement and deconstruction and offers small business development training to 12 new and small businesses.

Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC)
The Metropolitan Energy Center directly trains or augments training workers in energy conservation.

University of Central Missouri (UCM)
The University of Central Missouri provides two training programs--Retrofit Brokers training (focuses on underemployed real estate professionals who provide direct energy awareness education to property owners) and Residential Energy Client Service Coordinators training (targets unemployed individuals who can provide customer service for property owners wanting to explore energy efficiency).

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