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Local electric utility Kansas City Power & Light has plugged into Project Living Proof’s (PLP) crowdfunding campaign in a big way. The utility has agreed to donate $2,500 to help PLP reach its $10,000 goal.

Since the early beginnings of the home, KCP&L has been an earnest partner with Metropolitan Energy Center. Whether it was helping to retrofit the demonstration home, helping homeowners with home energy rebates or sharing the SmartGrid program with the community, KCP&L and MEC have worked together on several occasions to educate homeowners about the benefits of energy efficiency.

The donation brings PLP to within $1,100 of its monetary goal. After the goal is reached, Metropolitan Energy Center will not only throw a grand re-opening party but also work to complete the original vision for the demonstration home.

If you would like to help KCP&L, MEC and the many friends of PLP reach its monetary goal, please click here to donate.

Take a look at a few people who have been inspired by Project Living Proof and what a tour of the building has meant in their lives.

PLP-Rachel-Testimonial from hiram williams on Vimeo. PLP-Jim-Testimonial from hiram williams on Vimeo.
Twana Hall-Scott testimonial: The power of leveraging PLP for real estate professionals Lisa Hummel explains how PLP helped her make the right decisions

MGE:LG_LogoMGE / Laclede has turned up the proverbial gas on all Project Living Proof supporters. The gas company is offering to match any donation to PLP up to $2,500. For example, if you donate $25 they will match your $25 contribution and PLP benefits with a $50 donation. You give $50, MGE will give $50, PLP will get $100 and so on and so forth.

Metropolitan Energy Center thanks MGE/Laclede and all of the donors who have given their time and money to support Project Living Proof. This one-of-a-kind demonstration home may have to close its doors without community support.

There’s not been a better time to give. Please give today and be a friend of Project Living Proof.

Metropolitan Energy Center is launching a Crowdfunding Campaign to Re-Open Project Living Proof!

Over the past year and a half PLP has been closed due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, including a water main break.  We are now ready to re-open PLP to fulfill its purpose of being an energy efficiency home model, cultural center, and a Kansas City treasure!

We thank the following donors who have allowed us to recognize them as Friends of PLP:

Bob Housh Gerald Schechter Margaret Richcreek Laura Lombardi
Susan Brown Kate Corwin Jennifer Gunby Amanda Wilson
Hiram Williams Warren Adams-Leavitt Kelly Gilbert Sandi Garrison
See more Friends

 

Project Living Proof frequently asked questions (FAQ).

See our crowdfunding press release.

See testimonials from people who have experienced PLP: Rachel MacNair | Jim Rice

Please help Project Living Proof Re-Open!  Donate today!

Perks (limited number): Purses | Wine

Events

October is annually designated as National Energy Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) participates annually with the intent to draw attention to our nation’s electrical grid system and “to highlight the importance of energy to our national prosperity and security.” As the US DOE states, “Energy, our most critical infrastructure, is all but invisible to most, but our focus on continued innovation protects American lives today and ensures better lives tomorrow.”

This year, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) will use this truth to draw attention to energy efficiency and how it relates to our infrastructure, including our transportation systems and the built environment. There is indeed innovation happening on a national scale, and it’s occurring quickly. MEC is either hosting, co-hosting, or cross-promoting a number of in-person and virtual events this October to highlight all the ways our nation can modernize the way it uses energy to create a prosperous future for our youth and future generations. Click the links below to learn more about each event and how to participate (more links to come as the suite of events is finalized).

Whether an industry professional or policy maker or technician or a member of the general public, we have at least one event for you. Join us and our members, volunteers and friends during Energy Awareness Month. We’ll celebrate recent achievements and foster accelerated adoptions of energy conservation, renewables and cleaner fuels.

Energy Awareness 2021 Event List:

Native Plant Sale & Drive Electric Week Event at Project Living Proof with Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Sept. 25
National Drive Electric Week: South Park in Lawrence Sept 25
Lion Electric School Bus Ride and Drive: Lee’s Summit Schools Sept 28
National Drive Electric Week: Driving Electric: Black & Veatch EV Drivers Tell All (Virtual) Sept 29
National Drive Electric Week: Prairie Village Presbyterian Church Sept 29
National Drive Electric Week: Independence Chamber of Commerce    CANCELED Oct. 2
National Drive Electric Week: ICT (Wichita Towne East Square) Oct. 2
National Energy Efficiency Day (Ask Emily for a model Proclamation for your city, business or organization) Oct. 6
Marquee Event: Our Best Buildings Yet: A Forum on Energy Efficiency in the Kansas City Region and Beyond Oct. 7
Virtual Workshop on Diesel Emissions Reduction Funding Opportunities: Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Oct. 12-14
Webinar: EV Fleet Trends: Advice from the Experts (hosted by Louisiana Clean Fuels Coalition) Oct. 13
Marquee Event Day of EVs (In-Person): Exploring EVs in Municipal Fleets with City of Olathe, Indian Creek Library in Olathe, KS Oct. 19
Marquee Event Day of EVs (Virtual): Electrifying Terminal Trucks: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Deployments in the Kansas City Region and Beyond Oct. 19
Our Energy Horizon: A Solar, Storage, Electric Vehicle & Transmission Event, Thompson Barn in Lenexa, KS (hosted by Clean Energy Business Council) Oct. 25
Weatherization Day 2021 Oct. 30

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.

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.

Green CAT Training Program to help educate individuals and homeowners in the community to promote energy efficiency.

Energy Solutions Hub

Date|Time: Mar 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Project Living Proof, 917 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.

Program update, funding opportunities and status, partnerships, events and meetings

MEC welcomes the students and instructors of the ECOS Outdoor Nature Club to Project Living Proof.

MEC welcomes the students and instructors of the ECOS Outdoor Nature Club to Project Living Proof.

MEC welcomes the students and instructors of the ECOS Outdoor Nature Club to Project Living Proof. Weekly through May 2019.

MEC welcomes the students and instructors of the ECOS Outdoor Nature Club to Project Living Proof. Weekly through May 2019.

For Earth Day 2019, join MEC to explore the everyday ways you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle and become a responsible steward of our earth. From the cars we drive, to the resources we use in our homes and gardens, to the food we eat – living sustainably is truly about making thoughtful choices in our daily lives. And MEC would like to showcase just how easy (and cheap) it can be!

Stop by our historic Project Living Proof eco-friendly demo home to:

-Learn more about cultivating sustainable fruit and vegetable gardens, and take a tour of the Project Living Proof grounds by Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.

-Roam through Project Living Proof to chat with local organizations that will be tabling to provide education about ways you can make greener lifestyle choices.

-Enjoy delicious and sustainable plant-based burgers and brats, courtesy of VegLife KC.

-Discover the ease and affordability of switching to a hybrid or zero-emission electric car by test driving a LEAF or Tesla courtesy of Mid-America Electric Auto Association and area dealers.

-Hop next door to the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center for their Native Plant Day to pick up some seeds and flowers courtesy of Missouri Prairie Foundation, and learn more about how you can support our local ecosystems.

-Take a guided tour of our Project Living Proof space, a one-of-a-kind home that’s been upgraded for peak resource efficiency. Gain some exciting ideas for how you can make your home eco-friendly.

-Take part in the launch of a new MEC program designed to make the KC area greener (to be announced in the coming weeks!)

… And so much more! We’ve got some exciting sponsors and activities in the works – so stay tuned for more details! We can’t wait to see you there. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/564960977326992/