Kansas City, November 21, 2016: Kansas City Public Schools got a gold star for going green.
KCPS received a Sustainable Partner Award from KCP&L during the Green Schools Breakfast Thursday, Nov. 17 at the North Kansas City Schools central office. The recognition was given as a result of investments made by KCPS to significantly improve energy efficiency in its schools and generally become more Earth-friendly.
KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell and Board Chair Melissa Robinson were on hand to accept the award at the breakfast. Energy and Sustainability Manager D. Jensen Adams was also at the event.
In 2015, the school system began to invest approximately $30 million in a comprehensive energy performance contract with KCP&L and Trane, according to Mr. Adams. The contract funded a wide range of improvements across KCPS, including upgraded lights, water systems, climate controls, HVAC systems, energy management software and preventative maintenance.
As a result of this work, KCPS is saving about 12.7 gigawatt hours of electricity, 63,000 CCF of natural gas, 15 million gallons of water and $2 million in energy costs annually. The investment will essentially pay for itself over the life of the energy performance contract, according to Adams.
“The savings are staggering,” Adams said. “And these improvements are very robust because they are focused on infrastructure, plus preventative and long-term upgrades.”
About 100 individual projects at 40 KCPS buildings have been completed since the contract started in 2015. In the big picture, all of this work is significant because it helps improve the atmosphere of schools and contributes towards the push for educational equity in KCPS, according to Dr. Bedell.
“Everything that we can do to make our schools better places to teach and learn is going to help our students, and that’s the bottom line of everything we do,” Dr. Bedell said. “I’m very pleased with the work we’ve done so far when it comes to making our schools more energy efficient and I’m committed to making sure that work continues on behalf of our students and our neighborhoods.”