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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 3, 2010
Kansas City designated an “International Eco-Safety Demonstrative City”
The City of Kansas City, Mo. will receive a certificate and medal Dec. 4 designating it as an “International Eco-Safety Demonstrative City” by the first World Eco-Safety Assembly (WESA) and the International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization (IESCO).
Kansas City was chosen for the award based upon its “significant contribution to the preservation of ecological safety…and attainment of urban sustainable development,” said Dr. Jiang Mingun, Director-General of IESCO and Vice President of the U.N./International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences.
Dr. Jiang recently attended the Mayor’s Clean Energy and Green Solutions Summit, in conjunction with the Edgar Snow Symposium, in Kansas City where he made a presentation on international multilateral cooperation in eco-safety and sustainable development. During his visit, he and his colleagues toured the city and were impressed by its sustainable infrastructure and initiatives.
“We’re very honored for Kansas City to be selected for the international eco-safety award,” Mayor Funkhouser said. “The City staff and the City Council and I are working hard to expand the legacy that has made Kansas City America’s most livable city.”
Kansas City is the first city chosen for the international award.
Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer, and Joan Pu, policy director in the Mayor’s Office, will attend the World Eco-Safety Assembly in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to receive the award. Dennis Murphey will also make a keynote presentation regarding Kansas City's sustainability initiatives at the assembly.
“This award is significant for Kansas City because it is recognition from international experts of our community’s vision, commitment and work toward transforming our community’s vitality in the 21st Century,” said Bob Berkebile, principal of BNIM Architects and a moderator and planning committee member of the Mayor’s Clean Energy and Green Solutions Summit.
WESA is an international assembly that is sponsored by IESCO, a non-profit international organization chartered to implement three of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.
For more information about the City of Kansas City and this latest recognition, contact Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, at 816-513-2659.