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UCM Claims First Place in Local MOKAN Take Charge Challenge

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 17, 2014) –The University of Central Missouri claimed first place in local competition in the MOKAN Take Charge Challenge, an exciting competition designed to impact energy efficiency with participants through education, engagement and results.

A MOKAN Take Charge Challenge celebration is planned for 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Elliott Student Union atrium. UCM President Charles Ambrose will offer remarks at 1:30 p.m., and participants in the local competition will be recognized. The public is invited to attend.

The MOKAN Take Charge 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 Climate+Energy Project partnered with KCP&L to select Warrensburg as a participant in the MOKAN Challenge. Local participants were UCM, Arwood’s Furniture and Mattress, Warrensburg Church of the Brethren, Insurance Associates, Reece & Nichols Warrensburg/Whiteman Realty LLC, and Murdock Banner Financial Group.

In local competition, UCM won first place with a score of 3,995 points. As the first place recipient, UCM will receive a $5,000 prize from KCP&L. 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.

Throughout the challenge, the leadership team and participants in Warrensburg hosted more than 25 events that were used to share educational information with nearly 1,700 people. Each participating organization had the opportunity to win a local prize of $5,000 from its local electric utility. At the same time, the organizations within each community competed against those in the other community 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.