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Environmental awards given to employees at third annual event

Four groups of City employees received Environmental Achievement Awards today at a third annual ceremony at City Hall.

The City’s Environmental Management Commission sponsors the awards to recognize acts or achievements which significantly benefit the environment. The awards were presented by the Environmental Management Commission and the Mayor’s Office.

The employees, and the acts or achievements they were recognized for, are:

Andy Bracker, City Planning and Development Department – Brownfields Redevelopment

The Brownfields Office of the City Planning and Development Department completed clean-up activities for the Lewis & Clark Redevelopment Project site (at 1100, 1000 and 940 W. 8th St.) and the Kansas City Southern Railroad right-of-way north and adjacent to the site.

In this project, land impacted by chemical contamination was restored to a safe condition. The clean-up was funded with $1,348,000 in federal and state brownfield grant funds and no City general funds were expended on this project.

Faultless Starch will develop a 120,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility on the site. Faultless Starch decided to expand its facility in the industrial core instead of relocating to a greenfields location. This decision is considered critical because the job retention and expansion are helping anchor the revival and redevelopment of Kansas City’s West Bottoms.

Brian Christy, Don Eatherton and Jac Piltz, Information Technology Department; Pat Huerter, Parks and Recreation Department; and Ken Spare, Health Department – Green Purchasing (flat panel monitors)

Instead of replacing CRT monitors with newer CRT models, the City is now replacing these monitors with LCD monitors. In FY04, 959 LCD monitors were installed.

Each LCD monitor uses 400KWH less electricity each year than a CRT monitor. LCD monitors contain no lead, and only traces of other hazardous materials, as opposed to 7-10 lbs. of lead, and toxic levels of several other heavy metals in a CRT monitor. Each monitor contains about 20 lbs. less material, which reduces the amount of waste generated at the end of the product’s useful life.

Currently, CRT monitors removed from service by the City are returned to the company they are leased from, or shipped to Surplus Exchange where they are either reconditioned for re-use or shipped for deconstruction and recycling. Surplus Exchange charges $12 for accepting each monitor.

The City will save $20 per monitor, per year on electricity in addition to the $12 hazardous waste disposal fee accrued when the monitor no longer will be used by the City.

Ray Burnett and Art Roberson, Finance Department – Green Purchasing (office supplies)

A system has been implemented in conjunction with Corporate Express (the City’s office supply vendor) to encourage and track the purchase of environmentally preferable office products.

The Corporate Express online catalog now shows an icon next to environmentally preferable products identifying them as such. It also sorts products of a given type and displays the environmentally preferable products first, so that a buyer has to scroll past the green versions of the product to get to the other options.

In FY04, $269,442 of environmentally preferable office products were purchased, representing 28.5 percent of the City’s total office product purchases. The most common green products and the dollar amounts spent were: paper – $97,000; folders – $62,000; storage boxes – $19,000; binders/report covers – $19,000; Post-it notes – $12,000; and calendars – $12,000.

David Buie, Parks and Recreation Department; Denise Burkett, Water Services Department; City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen; and Sabrina Largen, Aviation Department – Ozone Reduction Efforts

The City’s ozone reduction efforts were sparked by the Ozone Action Policy issued by City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen.

In FY04, 19 City departments developed Ozone Action Plans specifying actions that would be taken to minimize ozone generation on Ozone Alert Days and throughout the ozone season. On Sept. 2, the only Ozone Alert Day of the 2004 season, 12 departments reported taking 1,355 actions to reduce generation of ozone. This included:

    990 actions taken by the Water Services Department

    293 actions taken by the Parks and Recreation Department

    143 actions taken by the Aviation Department.

These actions helped improve air quality and helped the City retain its attainment status under the Federal Clean Air Act. Maintaining attainment status is a significant advantage in economic development efforts because it makes it easier and less expensive for new commercial and industrial facilities to locate in Kansas City.

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