KCIC Announces 2015 Sustainability Award Winners

In KCIC News by KCIC Admin

The Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC) is committed to promoting sustainable business practices in industrial-based businesses. For the fifth year, KCIC will recognize the industrial businesses and organizations who have made significant investments in green initiatives over the past year with a KCIC Sustainability Award. The award winners will be recognized at the 2015 Sustainability Awards breakfast on Thurs., Oct. 22nd at 7:30am at the Faultless Starch Event Space. Carol Hufnagel, Wet Weather Infrastructure Expert with Tetra Tech, will be the keynote speaker addressing green infrastructure ideas for businesses to help off-set stormwater fees. Tickets to the awards breakfast are available for $25/pp.

“It’s clear from the high quality applications we received this year that industrial businesses are moving beyond the basic when it comes to green initiatives,” said Scott Brown, President of KCIC Board of Directors.

2015 KCIC Sustainability Award Winners

Awards are given in 12 categories divided between efforts related to ENERGY and those related to ENVIRONMENT.


  • Veolia (GOLD Award/Recycling & Reuse Category)–Implemented a “Zero Waste to Landfill” process that diverted more than 90% of the company’s waste from the landfill. The company is only the 4th known business in the metro to fully implement such an initiative company-wide. Veolia, from its plant in the River Market, provides centrally-produced steam and chilled water for 60 clients in the Historic West Bottoms and also cogenerates electricity.
  • Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company (GOLD Award/Recycling & Reuse Category)–Implemented a “Zero Waste to Landfill” program, diverting approximately 14 tons of waste/month from the landfill. Founded in 1887, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company is a manufacturer and distributor of laundry aid and consumer products under the Faultless, Macic, Bon Ami, Garden Weasel and Trapp Frangrances brands.
  • General Mills (SILVER Award/Recycling & Reuse Category)–Expanded its solid waste reduction program at its Kansas City flour manufacturing facility located in the East Bottoms by partnering with the GM plant in Iowa. The Carlisle, Iowa plant bundles waste corrugated totes, ships them on trailers already destined to a distribution center in Kansas City, where the KC plant reuses them for recyclable and reuse material collection programs.


  • UMKC (GOLD Award/Lighting Category)–The school has been replacing existing pneumatic controls with direct digital controls tied to occupancy sensors in the room. The occupancy sensors not only control the lighting, but control the HVAC system.
  • Leggett & Platt CVP (SILVER Award/Lighting Category)–The new Leggett & Platt facility is the first in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis to be fully equipped with compact LED lighting. More than 500 energy-efficient fixtures were installed in the 72,000 square foot building and adjacent 13-acre staging lot. Leggett & Platt CVP is a family of companies committed to bringing innovative products to the mobile workspace.
  • KCMO-Facilities Services Division (SILVER Award/Process Category)–The Facilities Services Division of the City of Kansas City, Missouri actively pursues goals of energy sustainability for City buildings. The division has recently partnered with the City Energy Project, a national ten city initiative that promotes energy efficiency in large commercial and institutional buildings.
  • NOR-AM (GOLD Award/HVAC Refrigeration Category)–NOR-AM is a full service, public refrigerated warehouse located in St. Joseph, MO. The company recently completed several large upgrades designed to reduce the amount of energy required to maintain the temperature. The projects, part of KCP&L’s energy rebate program, included LED lighting and installation of a demand management control system to control energy usage based on a set kilowatt-hour point. The project achieved a savings of 1.375M kilowatt-hour.


KCIC recognizes a company’s significant ongoing commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability in Kansas City and its industrial areas.

  • Kansas City Water Services
  • Ripple Glass LLC
  • KCMO Brownfield Development Team