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UCM Recognized for Leadership in MOKAN Take Charge Challenge

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 26, 2014) –The University of Central Missouri was recognized for its role in leading the local community in energy savings and sustainability during a presentation ceremony Monday in the Elliott Student Union.

The Climate+Energy Project announced last week that UCM had placed first in the local competition in the MOKAN Take Charge Challenge, a competition designed to impact energy efficiency with participants through education, engagement and results.

MOKAN Community Particpants
Local participants in the MOKAN Take Charge Challenge were recognized by the Climate+Energy Project and KCP&L. Those present were, left to right, Cassi Reimer, program director with the Climate+Energy Project; Jim Joyner with Insurance Associates; Kaytlynn Clemons, assistant coordinator with the UCM Office of Sustainability; Nancy Kenepp with  Reece & Nichols Warrensburg/Whiteman Realty LLC; Hunter Hoyer, coordinator with the UCM Office of Sustainability; Bill Gudde with Arwood’s Furniture and Mattress; and Mark Dawson, district community affairs manager for KCP&L. Unable to attend were representative of the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren and Murdock Banner Financial Group.

Mark Dawson, district community affairs manager for KCP&L, announced that as the local winner in the competition, KCP&L will provide UCM with a $5,000 sponsorship toward a 25 kilowatt solar system for future use by UCM. UCM students Kaytlynn Clemons, assistant coordinator of the UCM Office of Sustainability, and Hunter Hoyer, coordinator of the Office of Sustainability, presented the first place plaque to UCM president Charles Ambrose during a campus celebration Wednesday in the Elliott Student Union.

Cassi Reimer, program director with the CEP, recognized the UCM Office of Sustainability, Arwood’s Furniture and Mattress, Warrensburg Church of the Brethren, Reece & Nichols Warrensburg/Whiteman Realty LLC, Murdock Banner Financial Group as the local participants in the challenge. In local competition with the other community partners, UCM’s effort, coordinated by the UCM Office of Sustainability, claimed first place with a score of 3,995 points. Arwood’s Furniture and Mattress came in a close second place with 3,760 points, followed by Warrensburg Church of the Brethren with 1,400.

Plaque presentation
Hunter Hoyer, left, and Kaytlynn Clemons, center, presented the First Place plaque from the MOKAN Take Charge Challenge to UCM President Charles Ambrose.

The Climate+Energy Project partnered with KCP&L to select Warrensburg as a participant in the MOKAN Challenge. The challenge engaged Hays, Kan.; Hutchinson, Kan.; Kansas City, Kan., and Warrensburg in a commercial challenge from Aug. 1, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014.

Using the spirit of competition to drive participation and success, Warrensburg businesses, churches, and schools completed more than 175 tasks that resulted in savings of energy, water, and money. The Warrensburg participants hosted more than 25 events, reaching more than 1,700 people with the goal of increasing awareness opportunities to increase sustainable practices in business and industry. Their efforts resulted in the savings of an estimated 1 billion BTUs of energy and 700 gallons of water, with 10 strategic plans and 22 energy reviews completed.

The organizations within each participating community also competed against those in the other communities for the grand prize of $10,000. The grand prize, provided by the Climate+Energy Project, will be used for a community energy efficiency project in Hays, Kan.

The competition builds on the success of the Kansas Take Charge Challenge, which was created by the Climate+Energy Project in 2009. The Kansas Take Charge Challenge was a residential challenge. Nationwide recognition for the innovative and successful challenge included the New York Times, Lawrence Berkley Labs, and PBS.

The Climate+Energy Project (CEP) is a non-partisan 501c(3) organization working to reduce emissions through greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. Located in America’s Heartland, CEP collaborates with diverse partners across the nation to find practical solutions for a clean energy future that provides jobs, prosperity and energy security.