Six local businesses and organizations recognized for exemplary energy efficiency
Kansas City, MO – Today Mayor Sly James hosted the third annual Mayor’s Energy Efficiency Awards Breakfast to recognize the businesses and organizations that have made tremendous strides in reducing their energy emissions within the last year.
“I’m thrilled to recognize the hard work of these six organizations,” said Mayor Sly James. “Their diligence in reducing their energy consumption is helping to move our city towards a more safe and secure future. I want to applaud their good work and thank them for serving as a model for other organizations in Kansas City.”
The event was held at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Board Room at Union Station. Mayor James, Councilman Scott Taylor, Mike Gillaspie and Elizabeth Danforth welcomed the participants and presented plaques to six winning businesses and organizations.
The following organizations were recognized for their work and achievements in the 2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge:
Centennial – 210 W 10th Street
Centennial occupies a seven-story office building built in 1952 with over 210,000 square feet of space. Two years ago, Centennial’s ENERGY STAR® score in 2014 was only 52. In just the last two years they have increased their score by 32 points to achieve a 2016 score of 84. MC Realty manages this building, and they reduced their energy use per square foot by 12.6%.
City Hall – The City of Kansas City, Missouri – 414 E 12th Street
City Hall is a 29 story building built in 1937 with over 400,000 square feet of space. Although this building ranked in the top 10% of energy performance when the Challenge began in 2014 with an ENERGY STAR® score of 94, they increased that to an ENERGY STAR® score of 96 – the highest 2016 ENERGY STAR® score in this year’s Challenge.
JE Dunn Headquarters – 1001 Locust Street
This 204,000 square foot office building was built in 2009 and received LEED Gold certification at that time. This past year, the JE Dunn Headquarters improved their ENERGY STAR® score to 87 in 2016, and have maintained ENERGY STAR® certification for three consecutive years.
Assurant, Inc. – 2323 Grand Boulevard
Assurant, Inc. occupies a 340,000 square foot financial office building that was built in 1985. While already in the top 10% of energy performance when they started the Challenge in 2014 with an ENERGY STAR® score of 90, they increased that to a 2016 ENERGY STAR® score of 92. They have maintained ENERGY STAR® certification for five consecutive years.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon – 2555 Grand Boulevard
Shook, Hardy & Bacon occupies a 670,000 square foot office building that was built in 2004. While already in the top 10% of energy performance when they began the 2014 Challenge with an ENERGY STAR® score of 90, they increased that to a 2016 ENERGY STAR® score of 92. They have maintained an ENERGY STAR® certification for nine consecutive years.
Grand Prize Winner – Kansas City Public School District
The Kansas City Public School District operates 35 schools and centers that were built over a one-hundred year period beginning in the 1890s. In recent years, KCPS participated in a public-private partnership with Trane to address building maintenance and efficiency issues in KCPS buildings. These efforts resulted in dramatically improved energy performance in 34 schools. The average 2016 ENERGY STAR® score of KCPS buildings completing the challenge was nearly double the 2014 ENERGY STAR® score. A majority of schools are now at – or above – the national median score, and five of them are eligible for ENERGY STAR® certification. The energy saved at Kansas City Public Schools during the Challenge would be enough to annually power 3,800 average homes.
For more information, visit: https://kcenergyproject.org/