Join us at the last of our four events in Kansas on October 3rd to learn about the Volkswagen Settlement and what it means to fleets in the state of Kansas. At each event, we’ll provide the latest information, a forum for discussion, and give you tools to participate in decision-making for the state’s plan for its $15 million share of the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust.

MEC and Kansas City Clean Cities encourage all stakeholders in Kansas to let their views be known on this important settlement.  This includes private-sector fleet operators, school district transportation directors, public works and public transportation professionals, along with transportation contractors, alternative energy providers and elected officials.  We’re hosting this event to let you know about what’s at stake – and we need you to let the agencies in charge of the settlement what direction you think the state should take.

Join us at Wichita State University Old Town, 238 North Mead in Wichita Kansas, 672025

Click here for parking information.  To register for this event, just click here to sign up through EventBrite.





Metropolitan Energy Center invites you to our second Home Energy Open House on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 917 Emmanuel Cleaver II Boulevard in Kansas City, MO  64110.  It’s is all about home energy efficiency, and how you can make it a reality in your home.  This free event is open to the public.

Anyone interested in learning more about home energy efficiency, long-term utility savings and how efficiency lets you live more comfortably is welcome.  You’ll be able to meet with energy efficiency experts and contractors, get up to speed on utility rebates for home energy improvements, or learn about adding solar power to your home.

You’ll also be able to tour Project Living Proof,  MEC’s energy demonstration site.  This 100-year old house was completely gutted and rebuilt with multiple energy-saving and renewable energy technologies. It’s a fascinating look at what’s possible with an existing property, and we enjoy introducing it to our guests.

We’ll also feature free drinks and snacks.  Parking is available at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO  64110.  From the Discovery Center parking lot, look for the wooden walkway to Project Living Proof and enter through the back door.

Please contact David Albrecht at (816) 531-7283 with any questions.  Hope to see you there!


After joining Metropolitan Energy Center as Training Director and following promotion to Executive Director in 2014, Warren Adams-Leavitt finished his tenure on August 31st.  He’ll be returning to his roots, in a sense, by returning to Communities Creating Opportunities, which he led between 1989 and 2004.  He’ll be working on issues of poverty, health and community engagement  – and much more – on both sides of the state line in his new position.  We’ve greatly enjoyed, and will greatly miss,  his unflappable demeanor, his sense of humor and his unstoppable diligence.  For more information about CCO, check out their website at

Kelly Gilbert, who began her career at MEC with the Kansas City Clean Cities Coalition in 2008, is our new Executive Director, after stints as Transportation Director and Programs Director.  In those nine years, she’s worked with engineering firms, city governments, fleet managers and manufacturers to make clean alternative fuels a reality in Kansas City and in cities and towns across the Midwest.  She has also administered millions of dollars in federal grants, and brings a world of real-world experience to the position.  Kelly was named to the DOE’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame last month as recognition of her accomplishments, and we’re looking forward to working with her in writing the next chapter of MEC’s history.  Congratulations!