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  • 29 Oct 2014 1:41 PM | Anonymous


    Annual EP Pub Crawl - REGISTER BY OCT 31st!!!

    It's that time of year again! The Emerging Professionals are hosting their annual fundraising pub crawl on Saturday ,November 8th. This year we will be crawling through Westport. We have some amazing "Green" themed cocktails and draft specials set up for us at each bar so this is surely a year not to miss. Your registration fee for "Reuse the Kooz" will help us continue our goals in and throughout Kansas City, as well as get you an entry to our bar raffle, a revamped pub crawl shirt, a souvenir koozie.



  • 06 Oct 2014 3:54 PM | Anonymous


    What does Kansas City's sustainable urban future look like? Multi-modal transportation, integrated bicycle infrastructure, healthy streetscape - how does this change the way we interact with and plan for our communities? BetterBlockKC demonstrates forward-thinking planning strategies in real time, transforming a city block into a 'complete street.'

    On Saturday, October 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., BetterBlockKC will be transforming the block of Broadway Boulevard from Westport Road to W 40th Terrace. In partnership with BikeWalk KC, BetterBlockKC 2014 will launch a new B-Cycle station at this location, promoting the civic and environmental importance of active lifestyles. For the temporary display, we will show the full potential of our city by coordination of street performances, sidewalk cafes, and street park as a cohesive whole for the streetscape. 

    This year many of our USGBC Central Plains Chapter Emerging Professionals are participating in this year's BetterBlockKC working with local organization and like-minded professionals to create a more sustainable Kansas City.

    You can also make a contribution to BetterBlockKC 2014 through our campaign, at All donations are tax-deductible. Your contributions will be recognized through our media platforms, and you will receive a gift from us and our partners. 


    Thank you for your sharing in this vision of a better Kansas City, one block at a time! 


  • 01 Sep 2014 10:52 PM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
    Refreshments and Networking at 8:00; Workshop to being promptly at 8:30 a.m.

    Anita Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO

    Lara Shopp, KC Chamber at

    USGBC Central Plains Chapter and the Kansas City Energy Project invite you to a one-hour workshop on building Energy Audits. This workshop will provide attendees with the critical elements needed to assess your building’s performance. It will answer the question, “What do I do now that I have benchmarked my building?” This is a workshop you will not want to miss. Led by expert Dustin Schafer, Vice President in charge of Technical Standards for Henderson Engineers, he will explain the industry standard definitions of commercial grade energy audits, and focus specifically on describing the different offerings available at each level of service. You should leave this presentation equipped with an understanding of the auditing process, and more importantly, equipped with the knowledge that you need to evaluate proposals from service providers.

    Dustin Schafer,
    Henderson Engineers
    Dustin Schafer, PE, LEED® AP BD+C, CEM, is a licensed mechanical engineer and  a certified energy manager with a background engineering design, sustainable and ecological design and project management. He contributes across a wide range of project disciplines including mechanical, architectural, electrical, controls and construction. Dustin takes a holistic view of facility design to meet the client’s budgetary and scheduling goals while maintaining an eye towards reducing total energy use as well as installed and operating costs. Dustin began his career as a process engineer in the biopharmaceutical industry after graduating with a degree in architectural engineering in 1999. He has been with Henderson Engineers since 2008 and serves as Principal-in-Charge of Technical Standards.


  • 29 Aug 2014 9:22 AM | Anonymous


    The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America is coming to Kansas City at the Burns & McDonnell Auditorium on September 6.


    Central Plains Chapter invites you to view an amazing series of films with themes relating to the natural environment. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmentally conscious groups across the country to host tour venues as a way to outreach into their communities and bring together a diverse audience. The goal is to use film to inspire activism. We hope to use the festival to increase a better community understanding of the connection we share with the planet and our roles as stewards to keep it healthy for future generations.


    There are approximately 120 minutes of film mixed with speeches from local thought leaders during the event. There will be time before, during intermission and after the event for dialogue and socialization. Beverages, light food and popcorn will be available. Get your tickets today for what promises to be a wonderful night of thought provoking film, activism, and inspiring dialogue!



    Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.



    Burns & McDonnell Auditorium

    9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO



    $15 for adult; $6 for students









  • 15 Aug 2014 2:04 PM | Anonymous


    Be blue. Be green. Be Royal! Join USGBC Central Plains for a fun-filled Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. We'll be supporting "Water Awareness Night" presented by Grundfos, so come early to learn more about water conservation.

    Friday August 29th at 7:10 p.m.
    (First 10,000 fans get an eco-friendly baseball cap!)

    It's Buck Night! (hot dogs, small soda products and peanuts are just $1.00)

    Fireworks Friday (stay after the game for a fun fireworks show!)

    Tickets are $17.00 per person.  Friends and family welcome!

    Questions? Email

    Register Now

  • 07 Jul 2014 11:01 AM | Anonymous


    The USGBC Central Plains Chapter is now accepting education program proposals for the 2014 Continuing Education Blitz (aka Procrastinator's Day!)

    Event Date: Thursday October 2nd

    Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center KC

    Please read the below attachments for the program submittal process and forms. 

    2014 Call for Education Proposals

     Education Proposal Form


  • 17 Jun 2014 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    Registration for the 2nd Annual BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Expo and Conference is now open at

    BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland is a major conference and trade expo serving architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, real estate developers, government officials and community organizations in the Midwest. It is produced by Building Design+Construction and Scranton Gillette Communications/SGC Horizon, in conjunction with USGBC-Illinois, the Greening the Heartland Committee, AIA Chicago, the Chicagoland /Chamber of Commerce, and the Building Alliance (AGC)

    The three-day event will be held September 29-October 1, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, North America’s largest LEED Gold Certified hotel, and will feature product exhibits. The conference will present a full slate of education sessions, workshops and keynotes, with all sessions offering AIA and GBCI credits.

    The inaugural event in 2013 featured more than 70 accredited education courses and 40 exhibitors, and drew more than 600 attendees, including top-tier management from well-known companies and facilities, including: University of Chicago, Pepper Construction, DuPont, Federal Reserve of Chicago, Commonwealth Edison, Turner Construction, Harpo Studios, Crate & Barrel, St. Anthony Hospital, Hyatt Hotels, State of Iowa Department of Corrections, Walsh Construction, City of Southfield, MI, and Skidmore, Owings & Merill.

    For attendees or exhibitors to register and view more information on conference seminars, visit; or contact Harry Urban at; 847.954.7928.

  • 02 May 2014 1:42 PM | Anonymous



    A big thank you to Pratt Industries and Historic Green for executing another successful Earth Day Work Day at the Benton Community Garden. With their help, the garden is ready for the next season of community beauty and engagement!

  • 01 May 2014 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Residential Green committee focuses on the answer to that question, and how to spread the word to the broader community of building professionals and homeowners in our region. We invite you to be part of this team and get involved today!


    Goals and Action Items:

    ·        Find ways to bring greater awareness and buy-in of better building practices to promote efficiency, health, affordability and comfort to other building professionals in the area.

    ·        Locate and / or execute outreach to homeowners on sustainability in remodeling and why it should matter to them.

    ·        Bring broader awareness to real estate professionals; target MLS as a way to modify existing information in the system as a tool to promote awareness among homebuyers.

    These are just three goals the Residential Homes Committee is aiming to achieve. Although the Central Plains Chapter region is broad, our goal is to promote green building practices - through weatherization and product choices of low-embodied energy - within the Kansas City area first.


    The team is seeking new volunteers. If you're one of the following and passionate about Green Homes, please inquire today about how to get involved.

    • Architects

    ·        Builders

    ·        Real Estate professionals

    ·        Sustainable building practice consultants

    ·        Green product manufactures reps and dealers

    ·        Corporate sustainable program managers

    ·        Civil Environmental program managers

    ·        Energy efficient program managers at utilities and other non for profit's.

    ·        Interested parties/ homeowners

    If the Central Plains Chapter is going to attack sustainability completely, it will take enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to clearly define and act on the goals. Residential buildings account for almost as much as commercial in energy use - each 20% of the US' total energy consumption. It's time to get to work!


    To learn more about this team, contact Perry Quick and Mary English.

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