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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 17, 2010
KC Green’s sustainability program starts successfully
Cloudy cool weather didn’t deter the 600-700 City of Kansas City, Mo. employees and partners who turned out on their lunch break to attend the kick off of the 10-month Sustainability Energy Education & Communications (SEEC) program. The City, through its KC Green program, initiated SEEC to promote and incorporate environmentally-friendly practices into everyday life.
The event, held across the street from City Hall at Ilus W. Davis Park, gave employees the opportunity to visit informational booths, where they learned about the use of sustainable technologies and practices the City is utilizing. Information that can be put into use at home was also available. Displays included brighter, long-lasting LED lights for use in parking garages and traffic signals, the recycling of asphalt from city streets, home weatherization and vehicles that run on alternative fuel systems.
"Kansas City's employees are overwhelmingly embracing the City's goal of becoming a greener city," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "With its own employees leading the way, making a change city-wide will be that much easier."
The City aims to educate employees about the environmental, economic and social impact of sustainable practices, which can reduce operational energy and utility usage for the City and create long-term benefits for employees at home. The educational process, which uses 10 computer-based learning modules, will take place over a period of 10 months.
KC Green is a progressive and innovative City approach to sustainability that Mayor Funkhouser, the City Council and City management have identified as a top long-term priority toward making Kansas City a national leader among local governments.
For more information about the SEEC program, contact Charles Harris at 816-513-2751.
Media inquiries should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.