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City receives three sustainability awards from Kansas City Industrial Council

The Kansas City Industrial Council has awarded the City of Kansas City, Mo., with two 2012 Sustainability Gold Awards and one 2012 Sustainability Silver Award, in recognition of the City’s commitment to a greener community and its many contributions to the sustainability of Kansas City, Mo.

According to the Kansas City Industrial Council, an organization may receive a Gold Award if it accomplishes extraordinary sustainable improvements. To be chosen for a Silver Award, an organization must make conscientious sustainable improvements.

“Finding operational savings is more important than ever for municipalities, and these projects are an important part in operating the City’s facilities more efficiently,” said Robert Rives, manager of Facility Services. “The City appreciates this recognition for our sustainability and energy conservation efforts as well as KCIC’s work toward creating a sustainable Kansas City.”

The City received a Gold Award for its Sustainable Energy Education and Communications (SEEC) Program. This one-year, 10-module, online program educated City employees on the environmental, economic and social benefits of sustainability. The Industrial Council recognized SEEC as a creative and comprehensive method to educate staff and, indirectly, the community on the advantages of adapting a more sustainable lifestyle.

The City received a second Gold Award for its Enterprise Sustainability Platform, a type of software that measures, monitors and verifies energy consumption. For example, this platform can sense how much heat or air conditioning is needed to maintain a comfortable temperature in a building and then operates at the lowest speed necessary to meet that temperature. Since the City began using this software, the operation of its municipal facilities has become more efficient, economical and environmentally-friendly.

Finally, the Kansas City Industrial Council presented the City with a Silver Award for sustainable City facility improvements made to City Hall, the Health Department and Wolf Garage. These improvements – which include adding energy-efficient lighting and wind generators – have helped the City conserve energy, improve operations and save more than $450,000 annually in energy costs.

The City’s SEEC program, Enterprise Sustainability Platform and recent sustainability improvements were all implemented by KC Green, the City’s inter-departmental initiative to incorporate green initiatives, which represent part of a more expansive agenda to make Kansas City a truly sustainable city.

The Kansas City Industrial Council will present the 2012 Sustainability Awards during a reception on Tuesday, March 27.

For more information or media inquiries about the City’s commitment to sustainability or its KC Green initiative, please contact Robert Rives, manager of Facility Services, at 816-513-2532 or visit


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