Tuesday, August 6, 2013

MOKAN energy/water efficiency contest to kickoff August 9

KANSAS CITY, KAN. --- The MOKAN Take Charge Challenge will engage businesses and organizations from four different Kansas and Missouri cities in an exciting competition designed to impact energy and water efficiency with organizations of all types through education, engagement and results.

A kickoff event will be held on August 9 from 7:30-9 a.m.at the Hollywood Casino, 777 Hollywood Casino Blvd, Kansas City, Kan., 66111.  Breakfast will be provided. 

Unified Government Mayor/CEO Mark Holland; Board of Public Utilities General Manager, Don Gray; Take Charge Challenge Leader, Nathan Meyer of the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC), and others will be speaking about the social, environmental and financial impacts of energy efficiency.

The competition builds on the success of the Kansas Take Charge Challenge, which was created by the Climate + Energy Project in 2009.

The first two Kansas Take Charge Challenges were residential challenges; residents of 22 Kansas cities completed activities that saved a collective 110 billion BTUs of energy. The MOKAN Take Charge Challenge has redeveloped the previous residential success into a new challenge targeting the business community.

Challenge leadership teams in each community have gained key supporters by partnering with utility companies – Kansas City Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City.  The Challenge, which will run from August 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014, will include the Kansas cities of Hays, Hutchinson, and Kansas City, Kan. It will also include the Missouri city of Warrensburg.

The MOKAN Take Charge Challenge will use the spirit of competition to drive participation and success. Each participating business has the opportunity to win a local prize, with the Kansas City prize being provided by the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

At the same time, the businesses within each city will compete against those in the other cities for a grand prize of $10,000.

The grand prize, provided by Climate + Energy Project will be used for a community efficiency project selected by the winning community.