The MOKAN Take Charge Challenge will engage businesses and organizations from four different Kansas and Missouri cities in a competition designed to have an effect on energy and water efficiency with organizations of all types through education, engagement and results, according to a news release.
A kickoff event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Hollywood Casino, 777 Hollywood Casino Blvd, Kansas City, Kan. Breakfast will be provided.
Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland; Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities General Manager Don Gray; Take Charge Challenge Leader, Nathan Meyer of the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, Take Charge challenge leader; and others will be speaking about the social, environmental and financial effects 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, a spokesman said.
Challenge leadership teams in each community have gained key supporters by joining with utility companies – including the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities here. The challenge, which will run from Aug. 1 through Jan. 31, 2014, will include Hays, Kan., Hutchinson, Kan., and Kansas City, Kan. It will also include Warrensburg, Mo.
The MOKAN Take Charge Challenge will use the spirit of competition to drive participation and success, the spokesman said. Each participating business has the opportunity to win a local prize, with the Kansas City, Kan., prize being provided by the Kansas City, Kan., 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.