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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 14, 2013
Environmental Achievement Awards
recognize City employees
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Environmental Management Commission will present Environmental Achievement Awards to representatives of three City departments at a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road.
The Environmental Management Commission established the awards to promote innovative approaches to environmental challenges and encourage a culture of environmental stewardship by reducing waste and pollution, preserving or restoring natural habitats and conserving resources.
The 2013 award winners:
Modernized buildings yield big savings
The Facilities Services Division of the General Services Department will be honored for energy savings projects. Staff installed or converted more than 1,400 light fixtures to LEDs, saving $27,000 per year in electricity and labor; installed building automation systems and replaced old elevator motors, saving $4,400 per year; and helped the historic City Hall earn Energy Star certification.
Combined billing saves trees, ink, postage
The Tax Administration Section of the Finance Department will be honored for combined real and personal property tax billing. This project, begun 15 years ago, reached a major step when Clay County joined with Jackson, Cass and Platte counties to cooperate with the City in collecting real and personal property taxes, an agreement that will save $20,000 in Fiscal Year 2012-13 by printing and mailing about 5,000 fewer bills. In addition, all four counties have the capability to accept payments electronically, saving even more paper.
Green solutions make a greater neighborhood
The Water Services Department will be honored for the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project. This effort involves monitoring 150 innovative systems—including rain gardens, bioretention areas, cascades and pervious concrete—in the Marlborough neighborhood to test stormwater retention methods. Meanwhile the neighborhood has gained street trees and curb, sidewalk and traffic calming improvements. These kinds of green infrastructure projects should replace the need for stormwater storage tanks that would cost $50 million as the City works to reduce overflow mixing of stormwater and wastewater.
Stormwater gets kid-friendly treatment
The Water Services Department also will be honored for creating a fun, interactive grade school curriculum, “Stormwater—from KC to the Sea.” This program highlights best management practices and has been used by teachers to reach more than 1,500 children in grades 4-6 in 38 schools.