KCP&L's Environmental Microgrant Program Helps Nonprofits Move Sustainable Projects Forward

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From gardens and trees to recycling and energy efficiency, KCP&L partners with local nonprofits on environmental projects.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Aug. 23, 2017) — Today KCP&L announced the recipients of its fourth annual Energizing Our Environment Microgrant Program. This program is designed to help support environmental projects in communities throughout KCP&L’s service region. The grants will provide nonprofit organizations an opportunity to improve the environment in their communities in a meaningful way.

“This marks the fourth year of working with our community partners to help move their environmentally sustainable projects forward,” said Elizabeth Danforth, KCP&L Director of Public Affairs. “KCP&L takes great pride in our relationships with so many nonprofit organizations that share a commitment to enriching our environment.”

KCP&L received more than 70 applications for projects ranging from wetland restoration to bike recycling. Of those applications, KCP&L selected 23 groups throughout its service area. The following nonprofit organizations in and around this area were selected:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater St. Joseph, St. Joseph, Mo., to add two blue bins for recyclable items
  • Blue Valley Neighborhood Association, Kansas City, Mo., to establish three new vegetable gardens for area residents
  • Bridge Leadership Academy, Kansas City, Mo., to clean up and recycle items on Blue Ridge Blvd
  • Connecting for Good, Kansas City, Mo., to refurbish old computers for low-income families and area non-profits
  • Cornerstones of Care, Kansas City, Mo., to implement a Sustainable Waste Management Composting Program on all Cornerstones of Care campuses
  • Eugene Field Elementary School, Maryville, Mo., to purchase a board game called Race to Recycle: An Earth Day Game to help teach students about the importance of recycling
  • Global One Urban Farming, Kansas City, Mo., to install organic vegetable gardens for area residents
  • Green Acres, Kansas City, Mo., to train and educate students on aquaponics
  • Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Lee's Summit, Mo., to plant trees
  • Hope Faith Ministries, Kansas City, Mo., to capture rainwater for storage and use in the irrigation of the Paseo West Community Garden
  • Jerusalem Farm, Kansas City, Mo., to collect food scraps from area neighbors for compositing
  • Lake Region Resource Conservation and Development 501(c)(3) and Lake Region Solid Waste Authority 501(c)(3) Ottawa, Kans., to refurbish old bikes to be re-distributed to the community
  • Miami R-1 School FCCLA, Amoret, Mo., to install aluminum can recycling bins
  • Neighbors United for Action, Kansas City, Mo., to install energy efficient lighting
  • Over The Rainbow Oz Community Garden, Osawatomie, Kans., to install a rain barrel shelter for raised strawberry beds and plant native grass and trees
  • Palestine Senior Citizen Activity Center, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., to implement a recycling program
  • Platte County High School Interact Club, Platte City, Mo., to plant native grasses and trees, repair and paint damaged railings and provide seating at Settler’s Crossing Park
  • Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Lee’s Summit, Mo., to plant trees
  • Sisters of St. Francis, Savannah, Mo., to procure a large rainwater collection tank and composter for community garden
  • Spring Hill Elementary, Spring Hill, Kans., to create a school garden for students
  • Stewartsville PTO, Stewartsville, Mo., to build a retaining wall to save an area elementary school’s trees from erosion
  • Troop 1287 with Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW MO, Kansas City, Mo., to complete energy efficient upgrades to a Girl Scout cabin
  • Veterans Community Project, Kansas City, Mo., to create a recycled tire trail in a community of tiny homes for homeless veterans in Veterans Village

For more information on KCP&L’s Energizing Our Environment Microgrant Program and to view the complete list of winners visit www.kcpl.com/energize.

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