FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 18, 2009
City receives a $4.82 million energy efficiency stimulus grant
The City of Kansas City, Mo., has been awarded $4,823,200 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Projects to be funded by this grant include:
• Citywide conversion of traffic signal lights to LEDs (light-emitting diodes)
• Automated shutdown of all City personal computers at night and on weekends and holidays
• Revision of the City’s Development Code to promote energy efficient transportation
• Enhancement of energy efficiency requirements in the City’s Building Codes
• Construction of a traffic signal synchronization center to improve traffic flows and reduce idling on City streets
• Energy efficiency enhancements to the buildings in the City Hall complex
• Construction of the Blue River Athletic Field Trail
• Public education and outreach regarding energy efficiency goals, benefits and opportunities
• Collaboration with metro area local governments on regional energy efficiency and conservation initiatives
“The Department of Energy commented on the quality of the City’s application and indicated Kansas City will be one of the first local governments to receive funding,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “The success of the process is due to the interdepartmental City team that worked to prepare the documents and provide additional information, as requested.”
The initial disbursement of the funding will be half of the total award, about $2.4 million, with the remainder being awarded based on progress reports submitted to the Department of Energy by the City. All projects will be completed within a 3-year period.
For more information, contact Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer, at (816) 513-3459.