Welcome to the
Kansas City Chapter
International Facility Management Association
President’s Podium - September 2014
Summer is drawing to a close and World Workplace is coming up in just a few short weeks. There is still time to register if you would like to attend; we have a good sized group attending from our chapter already! http://worldworkplace.ifma.org/
For those not attending, we are offering for the first time, a class to aid you in achieving your FMP! For more information on the two-day prep class, CLICK HERE.
Additionally, please be on the lookout for information about our next program meeting in October: a round-table discussion regarding Building Systems and Code Compliance.
Have you heard about all of the new and exciting activity going on in Kansas City?
The Street Car is projected to be completed in early 2016 and construction is well underway – if you work downtown, you have most assuredly dodged barriers on one street or another. The Street Car will be FREE (at least to start) and go from the City Market to Crown Center.
Another addition to downtown is One Power Light Tower, a residential tower being built at 13th and Walnut that ALREADY has a waiting list of 50+!
The UMKC Conservatory is over halfway to its fundraising goal to start development on a new downtown campus. If enough funds are raised, the Conservatory of Music and Dance campus will be located in the southeast corner of 18th and Broadway, directly across the street from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Another effort currently underway is the City Energy Project. “The City Energy Project is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.
Working in partnership, the Project and participating cities will support innovative and practical solutions that reduce pollution, boost local economies, and create healthier environments. The pioneering actions of the 10 leading cities involved in the City Energy Project—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City Mo., Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City—will help shape and define next-generation energy efficiency efforts in communities nationwide.
The City Energy Project is a joint initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). It is funded by a partnership of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.
In Kansas City, more than half of the energy use and carbon emissions are from buildings, and the EPA estimates that the average building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes due to inefficiencies. Through CEP, Kansas City is developing its own plan to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste in large buildings across the community, which represent roughly 50 percent of the citywide square footage. This plan will include multiple integrated strategies to develop energy efficiency solutions that are unique, flexible, and support the following goals:
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Gunby [Jennifer.Gunby@kcmo.org].
Those are just a few of the exciting events going on “around town.” Hope you all have a great month and I look forward to reporting back on WWP happenings in October.