Energy Awareness Month is right around the corner, but why is it important?

As nationwide awareness grows over the connection between indoor air quality and extreme weather, the Kansas City region is feeling the heat due to its aging building stock. Luckilythere are code manuals to guide prudent action roadmaps for new construction and adapting existing buildings.

Join Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), KCMO Councilwoman Andrea Bough, The Builders’ Association, and a panel of buildings experts on Thursday, October 7 at 10:30 am CDT as we discuss best building practices, the International Energy Conservation Code, and what can be done to clean up the interior air of our buildings. The event will be relevant to codes departments, policymakers, builders, contractors, and anyone who is motivated to create a brighter, cleaner, & healthier future for all.
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National Drive Electric Week ICT is in person this year! Join us at Towne East Square on Saturday, October 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and see us on Rock Road just north of Kellogg/US 54.

Bring your EV and meet other owners. Share your experience. Talk to owners to see why they love their vehicles.  Ask them questions about performance or comfort or anything you’d like to know.

Wichita Transit Director Michael Tann has confirmed his attendance and he will bring one of the city’s Electric Buses! Pedego Wichita is bringing e-bikes to test! Other e-bike owners will also attend!! Ride over on yours to show it off! We are also expecting a 2021 First Edition Mustang Mach-E to come!

We are sure you already know but there are no 2022 EVs in Wichita due to that ongoing chip shortage but we will have plenty of current EVs and their owners you can meet and talk with and see what their cars look like inside plus ask them questions!

Before sitting in anyone’s car, we require all those who get inside to wear a mask. If you don’t feel you can do that, please do not sit inside any vehicles.

Thank you to Sara Schmidtke of Simon Properties for allowing us to use their space!

Hosted by Society of Alternative Resources

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. Please see our events page to find other Drive Electric events in the area or visit the national page to find other events near you.

Come see a variety of electric vehicles, and talk to owners who have been driving electric since 2006.  Get behind the wheel or in the back seat, and check out the great tech.

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2021 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see our in-person event safety requirements.

Driving Electric: Black & Veatch EV Drivers Tell All

Have questions about making the switch to an electric vehicle? Not only does Black & Veatch accelerate EV adoption by deploying the infrastructure and clean energy needed to power the vehicles, but also many BV professionals are EV drivers and advocates. Join this discussion on LinkedIn Live as several share their experiences of buying, driving, and charging their personal EVs and answer your questions live.

Join Lion Electric for a Ride & Drive in the Greater Kansas City Area on September 28, 9:30 am at Lee’s Summit Schools, 500 SE Transport Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO  64081.

Learn more about the benefits of the Lion C all-electric, zero-emission school bus and the unique features of the Lion Electric products.  Then get behind the wheel, take it for a ride, and have your questions regarding VW grants answered.

Please RSVP to or 614-563-9896.

*Proper local COVID-19 requirements will be met.

For more information on Lion Electric visit

Join us rain or shine on Sept 25 for a native plant sale.

  • Native Plants
  • Butterfly Station
  • Garden Tour
  • Photo Booth
  • Electric Vehicle Display

Learn about native flowers of Missouri from a Master Gardener, visit our butterfly station, and capture a selfie at our custom photo booth!

There is also a display of electric vehicles. We may be able to accommodate small parties with tours of the interior of the demonstration house. If so, masks will be required for house tours.

Your patronage supports the work at Project Living Proof, a partnership of Metropolitan Energy Center and Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. Here, we demonstrate a green living landscape with the use of native plants and the production of fruits and vegetables, which go to a local food pantry.

This event is also supported by the Pilgrim Center and the Prairie and Wetland Center.

Enjoy the day by coming out to Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center to learn about electric vehicles. Take this opportunity to talk with owners about their real-life experiences and ask any questions you have about EVs. After, head next door to Project Living Proof for a Plant Sale & Garden Tour. 

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2021 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see our in-person event safety requirements.

The Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase will be 8 am – 3 pm, Saturday, September 25, 2021,  in the parking lot on the east side of South Park. We are partnering with the Rev It Up Hot Rod Show & Street Festival.

There will be many makes and models of electric vehicles (EVs) on display – Nissan, Tesla, Volkswagon, Chevrolet, and others. The public can talk with EV owners about the advantages of driving an EV. The electric vehicle showcase will also feature a variety of electric bicycles and electric scooters. A new addition this year will be large commercial electric vehicles including an electric bus from GreenPower Motor Company, and an electric terminal truck from Orange EV.

This local event, organized by the Sustainability Action Network, is one of more than 189 community events being celebrated across the country during National Drive Electric Week, from September 25 to October 3, 2021. The Lawrence event is sponsored by Crown VW-Toyota, GreenPower Motors, and Orange EV.

Electric vehicles are smooth and quiet, with high torque and instant acceleration. Driving on electricity is about five times cheaper than fueling with gasoline, and maintenance is cheaper too. Because they get 100mpg equivalent or better, EVs are one the most effective ways that motor vehicles can reduce petroleum use and cut air pollution.

The U.S. transportation sector now produces more climate-warming emissions than does the electric generation sector.  Plug-in EVs are zero-carbon when charged with renewable energy and even if charged by coal-fired electricity, the greater efficiency of EVs means lower carbon emissions. EVs get 100mpg equivalent or better, and the driving range of various models ranges from 200 miles to 520 miles for the new Tesla Model S Plaid.

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2021 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see the in-person event safety requirements.

September 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm CDT

Want to know what’s happening with Electric Vehicles and infrastructure? Check out this webinar as we dive into the new advancements for EVs. Join Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) as we partner with financial planner Nova R Wealth to talk about the present and future of the Electric Vehicle sector! We will discuss all things related to EVs, including information on companies and how they are approaching the future of EVs. Learn about what is happening in the Kansas City region, nationwide, and internationally as we look at where technology is now and where it is headed. The webinar will be Monday, September 20th at 4:00 pm CDT. Our panel will consist of Tami Alexander and Brandt Hertenstein, both from MEC, and Tim Rodgers, founder and CEO of Nova R Wealth. This webinar is for anyone who wants to educate themselves on EVs and anyone thinking about investing or wondering where to start in the EV sector of the stock market.

Our Panelists

Tim Rodgers is the Founder and Principal of Nova R Wealth. Rodgers oversees the daily operations of the company, which provides financial planning and wealth management for individual and corporate entities. He has garnered over 39 years of experience in the financial services industry and has served in leadership roles involving client service, asset management, and financial planning. Rodgers attended his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas city Block School of Business and is a certified financial planner. Community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission and AdventHealth Foundation. Tim lives in Louisburg, Kansas with his wife, Susan, and together they have raised three sons.     Tami Alexander joined MEC in 2017 to support the biofuels project in Kansas and is Senior Program Coordinator for the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition, managing event coordination, outreach, and program administration for transportation projects. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics-Statistics and Geology and a Master’s in Environmental Science, all from Wichita State University. A life-long Kansan, Tami lives in Wichita with her husband and their three children. She is passionate about promoting the environmental and economic health of both urban and rural communities in Kansas.  In her free time, she volunteers with her sons’ BSA troop and her sorority housing board, and enjoys DIY projects, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Shockers, Chiefs, and Royals.     Brandt Hertenstein joined MEC in the fall of 2020 as a Program Coordinator. His focus is on the transportation sector, specifically advocating for electrification of vehicles and infrastructure development in the Midwest region. He is co-coordinator for the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition. Prior to joining MEC, Brandt was a member of Bridging the Gap’s city-wide recycling team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed his Master’s in Bioenergy. Outside of work, Brandt enjoys time with his family, traveling, and learning about investment strategies. He hails from Chicago and continues to have a vested interest in all Chicago sports teams, rain or shine!  


September 20, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CDT


Metropolitan Energy Center
Nova R Wealth
Kansas City Regional Clean Cities
Central Kansas Clean Cities
Electrify Heartland