Concerned Citizens of Platte County Honored with David Garcia Award

at 13th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

(Kansas City, MO) - Bridging The Gap (BTG) hosted its 13th annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony Wednesday night at the downtown Kansas City Public Library. Concerned Citizens of Platte County, Sierra Club and Kansas City Power & Light were presented the David Garcia Award for Environmental Excellence recognizing their collaborative partnership agreement that set a ground-breaking precedent for clean energy development in the Midwest.

As part of the agreement, KCP&L will offset the estimated 6,000,000 tons of annual carbon emissions from its new plant in Iatan, Missouri, through significant investments in renewable energy efficiency programs and environmental upgrades at existing facilities.

"Our success is truly evidence that a small group can make a big difference. We aren't finished - our agreement has set the stage for dramatically changing the incentives for utilities to promote energy efficiency over building new power plants," states Susan Brown of Concerned Citizens of Platte County.

The David Garcia Award for Environmental Excellence honors local organizations, businesses or governments who are leaders in collaborating to find solutions to regional environmental issues.

BTG and the Mid-America Regional Council co-present the David Garcia Award for Environmental Excellence each year as part of BTG?s annual Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of outstanding businesses, individuals, volunteers and schools in the Kansas City metro area who are taking steps to protect and enhance our environment. Keep Kansas City Beautiful and Kansas City WildLands, both BTG affiliates, present awards to individuals and organizations who have contributed to creating a cleaner, more beautiful Kansas City and to those excelling in stewardship of the remnant natural communities in our region.

BTG is a local environmental action and education organization. BTG believes it is important to recognize and affirm good work as change occurs and to accept people and organizations as they are while moving toward a sustainable future.

For more information visit www.bridgingthegap.org or call Leslie Barland, Environmental Excellence Awards Coordinator, at 816-561-1061, ext. 128 or leslie@bridgingthegap.org

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