News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Robert Rives, 816-513-2532
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2012
EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification awarded to City Hall
The City of Kansas City, Mo., City Hall building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification. This honor is given to buildings that perform in the 75th percentile nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. City Hall received an energy efficiency score in the 92nd percentile, an impressive feat considering City Hall, located at 414 E. 12th St., was built 75 years ago.
“The City is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our efforts to transform City Hall, which was built in 1937, into a more sustainable, energy efficient structure,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo. “This achievement demonstrates the City’s commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The City has improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically in not only City Hall, but at several City facilities. Last year, the City’s General Services Department completed an 18-month Energy Conservation Project that made sustainable changes and upgrades to City facilities that conserved energy, improved operations and saved money. At City Hall alone, energy consumption was reduced by 14 percent, or approximately $135,600 per year.
“Our Facility Management team has done an outstanding job in achieving this certification,” said Manager of Facilities Robert Rives.“Through our ability to measure, monitor and verify our energy use on a real time basis, the team has been able to lower energy consumption and reduce our operational costs. This was a true team effort involving many persons, and we are very proud to obtain this certification as the building turns 75 years old.”
The EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings, please visit www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings.
For more information or media inquiries about the City’s commitment to sustainability, as embodied in City Hall’s ENERGY STAR certification, please contact Robert Rives at 816-513-2532 or visit the City’s KC Green initiative’s Web page at www.kcmo.org/kcgreen.