A unique partnership between the Riley County Public Works Department, GBA Architects and Engineers in Lenexa, and Kansas State University called Resourceful Kansas has formed to provide organizations with tools and support to help them become more energy efficient and conservation-minded.
The program is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program and takes advantage of energy conservation methods, sustainable practices and renewable energy efforts already put in place by the Riley County Public Works Department.
Participants attend a one-day seminar at the Riley County PWD to learn more about technologies, financing and incentives and to get a hands-on view of an energy-conserving, sustainable model. Then, GBA provides a custom energy assessment, including an energy audit and a renewable energy feasibility study, for one or multiple buildings belonging to the participant's entity. The last facet of the program is ongoing support for participating entities as they implement their new energy-saving strategies.
Organizations who are eligible to avail themselves of the Resourceful Kansas program include city, county and state facilities; school districts and private schools and colleges; agribusinesses; and non-profit organizations. Applications are still being accepted for rounds 3 through 8 and the one-day seminars are scheduled through the end of the year and into 2012. There is no registration fee or charge for the energy assessment and there is no limit to the number of seminars and energy assessments one organization can complete during the grant period.