In 2011, the city of Kansas City, Mo., received $20 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds to support EnergyWorks KC (EWKC) — a partnership with MARC, the Metropolitan Energy Center, KCP&L and Missouri Gas Energy that focused on energy improvement retrofits of homes and businesses in seven neighborhoods in the city, including the Green Impact Zone. The grant also funded job training for workers wanting to enter the building-retrofit industry.
As a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Better Buildings program, EWKC was an initiative consisting of several projects to:
Reduce energy use and utility bills in our buildings.
Reduce the output of greenhouse gas emissions that damage our environment and economy.
Create or retain jobs that support a greener Kansas City.
Change the energy efficiency market by making demand for energy efficiency a first choice in home improvement and creating the jobs necessary to do the work.
EnergyWorks KC helped home and business owners reduce energy waste, increase comfort and make a healthier living and working environment. EnergyWorks KC offered resources that provide a variety of services, including energy evaluations, energy efficiency upgrades and financing through our companion website, Beyond The Bulb, as well as through our partners.
The work of EWKC also included development of recommendations for local and state policy changes in support of energy efficiency, creation of job opportunities, as well as public education and outreach.
The Mid-America Regional Council assisted in the marketing and outreach efforts for EnergyWorks KC in the Green Impact Zone and other neighborhoods, led workforce development efforts, and coordinated a region-wide public education campaign regarding energy efficiency.
Read the EnergyWorks Final Report»
MARC’s EnergyWorks KC projects
Our EnergyWorks KC Partners
EWKC was funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) resources from the US Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-up grant program.