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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2011
Energy program to save Kansas City, Mo. $6 million over 15 years
Johnson Controls completes installation, provides supporting environmental education program
The City of Kansas City, Mo., and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a global leader in making public and private buildings more energy efficient, together announced the completion of a comprehensive energy program that is expected to save the City more than $6 million in energy and operational costs over 15 years.
Johnson Controls designed the energy program – linking energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies – to help drive the City’s operational savings. Adding renewable energy as a component of the overall energy efficiency program diversifies the City’s energy portfolio and aligns with the City’s goals to improve the reliability of its energy sources and reduce its environmental impact. A solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop array and three wind generators were installed at the George E. Wolf Parking Garage to provide power to the structure. Solar hot water systems were installed for
City Hall and the Health Department building to heat up to 1,000 gallons of hot water per day.
Additionally, environmental education is being provided through the Johnson Controls Sustainable Energy Education and Communications (SEEC) program. SEEC is a 10-module series of online educational sessions that demonstrates how sustainable energy strategies help save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and provide healthier and more comfortable environments for residents. SEEC training was offered to more than 4,500 KCMO staff members, 12 council members and Mayor Sly James.
“A successful sustainability program goes beyond facility improvements to include environmental education that will have a lasting positive impact on our community,” said Gerald Smith, director of the City’s General Services Department. “The completion of this holistic energy program is the first of many steps toward our goal of energy independence.”
Additional upgrades to the Wolf Parking Garage, City Hall, Health Department building, police headquarters and Communications Center are extensive. They include LED lighting upgrades, mechanical retrofits to heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, improved equipment controls, and the installation of Johnson Controls Enterprise Sustainability Manager (ESM) to enable efficient access and management of facility data across all five municipal buildings. The web-based platform provides near real-time access to data on energy maintenance, security, compliance and building controls, to support better decision-making by facility managers and retail tenants.
“We commend the City Council of Kansas City for their leadership and commitment to energy efficiency and educating the community on the importance of sustainability,” said Chris Schulken, regional vice president, Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “The citywide energy efficient facility upgrades illustrate the success and savings that renewable energy technologies and advanced systems integration can bring to a municipality.”
About Kansas City, Mo.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is the largest city in the state of Missouri and is the anchor city of nation’s 29th largest metropolitan statistical area. Incorporated in 1850 at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, the City now encompasses 318 square miles in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties and has a population of 460,000, nearly one fourth of the 2 million residents in the Kansas City MSA. Kansas City is a nationally-recognized green city that strives to integrate sustainability in all aspects of City operations.
For more information about the City of Kansas City, Mo., visit www.kcmo.org. Media inquiries about the City of Kansas City, Mo., should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, 816-513-2659.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 142,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; automotive batteries; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list.
For additional information about Johnson Controls, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or contact Angela Adams, 414-524-5210.