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  • 09 Apr 2015 1:55 PM | Anonymous


    Join Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he recognizes participants in his 2014 Energy Challenge Program.

    WHEN: April 20, 20158:30 a.m-10:00 a.m.

    WHERE: Kansas City Chamber Board Room, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

    A light breakfast and parking will be provided.

    Please RSVP to Jamie Green at

    Questions? Call 816-797-7122

  • 26 Mar 2015 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the winners of the Central Plains Chapter student awards at the 64th Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair at Union Station on March 12-14. This is the area's largest science fair with more than 1,300 students in grades 4-12 participating.

    Student Winners:

    Abby Ingram, Reanne DeBose, Lance Willyard and Blair VanBiber

    Advising Teachers:

    Lindsey Constance, Shawnee Mission School District

    Jennifer Medina, Blue Springs School District


    Each year, the Chapter's Green Schools team recognizes two projects that best advance the goal of providing green schools to every child within a generation. Abby, Reanne, Lance and Blair will each receive a renewable-powered charger for USB devices, and Ms. Constance and Ms. Medina are each granted an annual membership in the USGBC Central Plains Chapter. 

    The Chapter judges were particularly impressed by the scholars' use of science to evaluate technical solutions for food waste. Food waste at schools in the U.S. is estimated at roughly 30 to 40 percent of the food supply. In 2013, USDA and EPA jointly launched a U.S. Food Waste Challenge, and many regional schools are considering composting cafeteria waste. These scholars' research forms the basis for work in the field of byproduct synergy - where food waste is used as an input in the manufacture of materials or the generation of energy.


    More event details

  • 24 Mar 2015 11:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Central Plains Chapter is asking for additional signers to join our support of building energy benchmarking and reporting in Kansas City.


    The "Working Draft Ordinance" for a building energy tracking initiative or ordinance ( provides building owners with the information needed to manage buildings responsibly. The Chapter agrees with transparent building energy use that will not only benefit building owners and tenants, but also our community at large. We're committed to providing support to the City in carrying out this ordinance as an educational resource and communications arm. We further plan to promote this initiative publicly and strengthening awareness of building efficiency measures in the marketplace.


    To join the Central Plains Chapter and others in this effort and include your organization on the list of supporters, email Jennifer Gunby ( your company logo at your nearest convenience. 

    View Support Letter & Supporters 

  • 20 Mar 2015 8:40 AM | Anonymous


    Why do you stand for Green Buildings? 


    In March, the Chapter kicked off a new social media campaign asking members why they believe sustainability and green buildings are important to the industry. Be sure to tell us why you stand for Green Buildings the next Chapter meeting or event, and check out what others are saying on our Facebook page.



  • 18 Mar 2015 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Is Electric Charging Right for Your Company?


    Join your hosts, the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, USGBC Central Plains, Electrify Heartland Coalition and Kansas City Regional Clean Cities, to learn the opportunities, benefits and considerations of offering electric charging to your employees.


    Building owners and facility managers who are interested in having one or more electric charging stations on KCP&L's Clean Charge Network should register for this event. The Clean Charge Network extends across KCP&L's entire service area. Learn more at KCP&L's website. Not in KCP&L's service territory? Workplace charging may still be right for your company. 


    Wednesday, April 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    Greater KC Chamber Boardroom at Union Station
    30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO


    This event is FREE!


    Register to Attend


  • 20 Feb 2015 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in becoming a member of the Central Plains Chapter? Join members for an impromptu after work social to learn about membership, volunteer opportunities, and network with members. Come enjoy a few refreshments on us, and a pick-up game of pool, ping pong, foosball, darts, arcade games, or shuffleboard.

    Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

    BRR Architecture's re:bar

    6700 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 


    This event is free and all are welcome!


    For more information, email Jay Guerra at


    Thank you to our event host! 






  • 06 Feb 2015 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Join the Chapter for our State of the Chapter and Social event on March 12 at Larson Binkley!

    Meet Chapter members and leaders while taking a look back at 2014 and a look forward at plans for the upcoming year. Committee chairs will highlight their activities and present a multitude of opportunities for you to get involved in 2015. We will also have a brief presentation by guest speaker Dennis Murphey, KCMO Chief Environmental Officer.


    This is a great opportunity to get to know USGBC Central Plains. We hope you will join us as we continue to work towards our goal of transforming the build environment!  


    5:30-6:00 pm - Registration & Networking
    6:00-7:00 pm - Formal Presentation
    7:00-7:30 pm - Additional Networking 


    Visit for more details.

    Register to Attend

  • 02 Feb 2015 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Greenbuild and USGBC are still looking for people to submit course proposals for Greenbuild Europe & The Mediterranean, as well as Greenbuilding Brasil. This is a great opportunity for you to share your experience and expertise with the green building community.

    Reviewers are looking for fresh content presented by experts on the session topic submitted. Presentation topics include affordable housing, codes and certification systems, energy efficiency, government and policy, net zero and more. For a full list of suggested topics, review the Greenbuild Call for Proposals. The call for proposals are available in English, Italian and Portuguese.

    Not sure how to submit a course proposal or find yourself somewhat intimidated by the process? USGBC offers a submittal guide and a webcast recording covering questions that you may have about submitting a proposal.

    More conference details  

  • 02 Feb 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    On January 21, the Central Plains Chapter, City Energy Project (CEP) and the KC Chamber hosted an Energy Efficiency Speed Roundtable event at Union Station.

    More than 100 attended the Roundtable event and had their choice of 15 different energy efficiency topics. The evening began with 4 rounds of 15 minutes each. Attendees were able to rotate between tables, hear presentations and engage in dialogue with a subject matter expert.
    Thank you to our event partners and sponsors who led the roundtable discussions.

    ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions-MidCon

    AEI Consultants

    Kansas City Power & Light

    Larson Binkley

    MC Realty Group

    MWE Inc.

    Optimum Energy Solutions

    Outcome Construction Services

    Siemens Industry



    U.S. Engineering Company 


    We also had three exhibiters providing information to attendees:
    • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager - EPA Region 7
    • Workplace Charging - Metropolitan Energy Center
    • PACE Financing - Missouri Clean Energy District

    City Energy Project News 

  • 02 Feb 2015 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    BUILDING THE HEARTLAND conference(formerly BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland conference) will be held August 31- September 2 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago's first LEED Gold hotel.

    "We wanted to broaden the conference content to provide discussion of new technology, the residential market, and the needs of owners, developers, and occupants of buildings," says Robert Cassidy, the Conference chairman. "BUILDING THE HEARTLAND will still be about 50% 'green' in content, with sessions that cover environmental responsibility, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy building."

    The 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND program will feature five tracks: 1) Technology (e.g., BIM, robotics, field tools, 3D printing); 2) Owner/Developer/Occupant panels ("What they want from their Building Teams"); 3) Residential (single-family, condo, apartment), 4) High-Performance Buildings (LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge), and 5) High-Performance Building Systems and Tools (e.g., energy modeling, biophilia, energy codes, materials, stormwater management).

    In addition to leading keynote speakers and networking events, the 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND also will feature an all-day LEED v4 workshop.  


    All education sessions will offer AIA CES or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) accreditation-and, in most cases, both.
    Proposals for education sessions are due February 6th. Visit the BUILDING THE HEARTLAND website to learn more and submit your proposals. 

    More conference details 

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