KCPS Garners Glory for Going Green

School improvements earn energy efficiency award from mayor


Kansas City, June 15, 2017: Kansas City Public Schools is earning accolades for helping nurture bright minds and a green, sustainable future for its community.

KCPS received the grand prize during Mayor Sly James’ Energy Efficiency Awards breakfast on Tuesday, June 13 in the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board Room at Union Station. Five other businesses and institutions were also honored.

“I’m thrilled to recognize the hard work of these six organizations,” Mayor James said. “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.”

KCPS Board of Directors Treasurer Matthew Oates, Chief Operations Office Darrell Meyer and Energy and Sustainability Manager D. Jensen Adams were on hand to accept the grand prize.

The awards breakfast was the culmination of the Mayor’s Energy Challenge, which seeks to promote earth-friendly practices among business and organizations in order to reduce the city’s overall environmental footprint. The challenge is a partnership between the mayor’s office and the Central Plains Community of the U.S. Green Building Council.

James cited KCPS for successfully meeting his challenge in 35 buildings. In 2014, KCPS partnered with Trane to increase energy efficiency across the school system. Since the start of the challenge, KCPS has saved enough energy to annually power about 3,800 homes.

In his remarks, Mr. Oates emphasized that the building improvements are an integral part of the overall goal to create a world-class educational system for all children.

“The real value is for our current and future students. The three-year-olds who started preschool at the beginning of the Mayor’s Challenge will be in kindergarten in the fall,” Oates said. “These young scholars are the future graduating class of 2030. Think for a moment about how much depends on our work with energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2030. These children remind us of our obligation every day.”