Filed under: Business + Politics, Energy + Climate, Local Events + Action | Tags: Burns & McDonnell, Climate Protection Partnership, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, sustainability
It makes sense to be green.
Approximately 160 businesses and organizations on either side of the Kansas-Missouri state line have joined the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Climate Protection Partnership. To quote the Chamber, this green initiative offers members “the opportunity to lead the community toward the complementary goals of reduced regional greenhouse gas emissions and increased economic competitiveness.” In other words, area companies, utilities and not-for-profits, which sometimes were adversarial in the past, are coming together to adopt sustainable practices that conserve energy and cut carbon emissions. These efforts not only can help halt climate change, but also are good for bottom lines.
Echoed by one local business in a Kansas City Business Journal article, the Chamber explains that implementing sustainable practices can be a daunting task. Main concerns among businesses and organizations of all sizes are finding the time, money and expertise to get started. Leadership must also begin or embrace initiatives.
To assist Partnership members, the Chamber provides a Carbon Footprint Calculator that assesses waste and recycling. Later, local engineering design firm Burns & McDonnell provides a free onsite energy assessment, indicating where to maximize energy efficiencies. The Chamber also strives to keep members engaged by organizing events that discuss best practices and recognize accomplishments.
The necessity to switch to sustainable practices to remain competitive (and maybe even stay in business) will only become more critical as others make changes or new emissions regulations are enforced. The Chamber assures that it will remain a resource, further enhancing its initiatives to help members be proactive rather than reactive. As they say, “We’re all in this together.”
— Stacey Chance
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