State and Local Policy Database

Kansas City

City Scorecard Rank


Kansas City, MO

81.00Scored out of 250Updated 05/2024
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 12.5 out of 45 points
Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Resolution 200005 set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2025, 50% by 2030, and climate neutral by 2040. Based on ACEEE’s analysis of past years emissions data, ACEEE projects that the city will meet its near-term community-wide GHG emissions reduction goal. 

The city has released multiple greenhouse gas inventories.

Energy Reduction Goal

The Climate Protection Plan includes a goal to reduce community-wide energy use 50% by 2050.

Renewable Energy Goal

Resolution 200005 includes a goal to achieve carbon-free electricity consumption by 2030. 

Last updated: January 2024

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

During the development of the CPRP, Kansas City hired a local equity consultant to ensure that the city was reaching its historically disadvantaged communities. The city also brought two local climate justice workers on board to facilitate meeting communities where they live, work, and play to gather feedback on the plan. 

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Equity Accountability Measures

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups. 

Last updated: January 2024

Clean Distributed Energy ResourcesList All

The city entered into an intent agreement with the electric utility, Evergy, to site community solar systems on city property. 

Last updated: January 2024

Adaptive Mitigation List All

Heat Island Mitigation Policies and Programs

In 2023, the Kansas City adopted a private tree protection ordinance. The city adopted the Stream Buffer Ordinance to promote land conservation. 

Resilience Hubs

The Tony Aguirre Community Center and Brush Creek Community Center have both rooftop solar and charging stations for electric cars and both community centers are located within disadvantaged communities in Kansas City. These community centers are also cooling centers during extreme heat events.

Last updated: January 2024

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

Workforce development for disadvantaged workers

We could not determine if city has partnered with a local education institution, labor union, or community-based organization to create, support, and/or incentivize the development of clean energy workforce development initiatives that target training and support services for potential or existing workers from disadvantaged communities to obtain and keep in-demand jobs.

Workforce development for the broader community

We could not determine if city has partnered with a local education institution, labor union, or community-based organization to create, support, and/or incentivize the development of clean energy workforce development initiatives that target training and support services for potential or existing workers from the broader community to obtain and keep in-demand jobs.

Outcomes tracking

We could not determine if the city has instituted a mechanism to measure the performance and/or success of equitable workforce development initiatives focused on the clean energy sector.

Last updated: January 2024

Buildings Policies
Score: 22.5 out of 70 points
Building Energy CodesList All


The State of Missouri is home-ruled and allows local jurisdictions to set their own building codes. The State of Missouri has not adopted statewide building or energy codes. Kansas City has adopted the 2021 IECC with amendments. To learn more about Missouri’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.


Kansas City has the authority to set its own building codes. The city council adopted the 2021 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 46.50.


Kansas City has the authority to set its own building codes. The city council adopted the 2021 IECC. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 49.50.

Solar-readiness policies

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted policies requiring new construction to be solar-ready.

EV-charging readiness and infrastructure policies

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted policies requiring buildings to be EV-ready.

Low-energy use requirements

New municipal buildings must achieve LEED Gold standards.

Electrification policies

The city is prohibited from adopting electrification policies by the state.

Last Update: September 2023

Building Energy Code Compliance and EnforcementList All

Kansas City employs the equivalent of 2 full-time employees dedicated to energy code compliance. The city requires plan reviews and performance testing to verify energy code compliance. The city does not currently offer upfront support to developers or owners.

Last Update: September 2023

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

Building performance standards

Kansas City is part of the Whitehouse Building Performance Standards Coalition and has a goal of having a completed BPS policy by Earth Day of 2024. 

Commercial and multifamily benchmarking

Kansas City passed an energy benchmarking/rating and transparency policy for commercial, public, and multifamily residential buildings through the Energy Empowerment Program. The program requires public buildings greater than 10,000 square feet and commercial and multifamily buildings greater than 50,000 square feet to benchmark energy data. The policy covers 70% of commercial buildings and 83% of multifamily buildings in the city. 


Homeowners may apply for property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for energy-efficient and water-saving home through the HERO Program

Kansas City is currently funding Bridging the Gap to do energy efficiency upgrades through the Energy and Water Savers program. Through this program, they complete energy and water efficiency upgrades in low income homes and small apartments. 

Voluntary programs

Kansas City promotes voluntary benchmarking for buildings less than 50,000 square feet. In 2021, 76 properties benchmarked voluntarily with a square footage of 4,329,495 square feet.

Last Update: September 2023

Score: 18 out of 70 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan was released in 2023 and includes sustainable transportation strategies. It also includes strategies specifically benefiting disadvantaged communities. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

According to the Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan, the city has a goal of reducing GHG emissions from transportation 787,300 MTCO2 by 2025, 1.49 million MTCO2 by 2030, and 2.67 million MTCO2 by 2040, from business-as-usual levels. 

The city’s target requires a 2.86% average per-capita annual decrease from its target baseline. Therefore, Kansas City earned 1 point for the stringency of its target. 

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

Based on the data provided, Kansas City is projected to increase its emissions by 1.97% per year. Therefore, the city is not on track to meet its GHG targets. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

In 2022, Kansas City modified its zoning code to allow accessory dwelling units citywide by-right.

Parking Requirements

We were unable to find information indicating that Kansas City has at least one zone, neighborhood, or district with a parking maximum of 1 or fewer spaces per housing unit or no minimum parking requirement for residential uses. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

Kansas City does not have location-efficient development incentives or disclosure policies. 

Affordable Housing around Transit

Kansas City incentivizes affordable housing near transit by providing tax exemptions for affordable housing in Transit Oriented Development (TOD) areas. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

Kansas City does not have a codified mode share target. 

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

Kansas City does not have a codified mode share target, and therefore cannot make progress toward the target. 

Subsidized Access to Efficient Transportation Options

Kansas City provides free public bus transit to all riders through its Zero Fare Transit Program. Kansas City also provides bike sharing for individuals who rely on needs-based services through its Bike Share for All program. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transit entities that serve Kansas City have received $90,675,214.60 on average annually between 2017 and 2021 from local sources. That equates to roughly $106.05 per capita between 2017 and 2021 within the service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The AllTransit Performance Score measures a given community's transit access and performance. The score considers connections to other routes, access to jobs, service frequency, and the percent of commuters who ride transit to work. Kansas City’s AllTransit Performance Score is 4.8 scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Neither Kansas City nor the local utility provide incentives for purchasing efficient vehicles. 

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

Evergy, a utility serving Kansas City, offers a $500 rebate for installing a level 2 electric vehicle charger in single-family homes that already own or lease an electric vehicle. 

EV Charging Requirements

Kansas City does not require new developments to install EV charging stations. 

EV Charging Locations

Kansas City has 174.8 vehicle charging ports per 100,000 people available for public use. 

Electric School Bus Goal

Neither Kansas City nor the local school district have set an electric school bus goal. 

EV Transit Bus Goal

KCATA, a public transit agency serving Kansas City, set a goal of purchasing 25 zero emission buses by 2027.  

Last Updated: January 2024

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Sustainable Freight Plans

Kansas City does not have a sustainable freight plan or freight mobility plan in place, nor is it pursuing any freight efficiency strategies. 

Open Data Portals

Kansas City does not have an open data portal with real-time freight data. 

Last Updated: September 2023

Community Energy Infrastructure
Score: 19.5 out of 40 points
Community Energy Infrastructure Summary List All

Evergy, previously known as Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving Kansas City. Spire Missouri, an IOU, is Kansas City’s primary natural gas utility. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Missouri page of the State Database.

Kansas City Water Services (KC Water) is the municipally-run utility responsible for providing drinking water, treating wastewater, and managing stormwater for Kansas City.

Last Updated: July 2021

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2019, according to EIA, Evergy reported 86,371 MWh in net electric incremental savings, representing 1.03% of retail sales. In 2019, Evergy spent $13,068,000 on electric energy efficiency programs, which represents 1.44% of its retail revenue.

In 2019, Spire Missouri reported 2.24 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.18% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2019, Spire Missouri spent $6,397,222 million on energy efficiency, which equates to $5.81 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just Kansas City.

Evergy offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. Spire Missouri Energy similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and commercial customers.

At this time, Kansas City does not have a formal partnership with Evergy or Spire Missouri in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: July 2021

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Evergy offers the Income Eligible Weatherization program for both single- and multifamily low-income residential customers. This program is intended to assist customers in reducing their energy usage by weatherizing their homes. In order to qualify, customers must meet income eligibility guidelines. Optional measures for the single-family program include attic, duct, floor, and wall insulation; furnace tune-ups; high-efficiency boilers and furnaces; heat pump replacement; lighting retrofits- heating system replacements; and water pipe insulation. Health measures include heating system safety testing, combustion appliance safety testing, repair and replacement of vent systems, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, moisture barriers, and others. Additional measures may be included on a case-by-case basis. The multifamily program includes direct install measures such as lighting, water efficiency measures, and smart power strips. Both programs include health and safety measures and target high energy users, elderly households, and customers enrolled in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Economic Relief Pilot Program (ERPP). The program is administered by the Salvation Army.

In 2019 according to Evergy, it achieved 576 MWh savings, whiles spending $838,829 on its low-income programs and served 2,510 low-income customers.

Spire Missouri's Low-Income Weatherization program offers weatherization measures including weather-stripping, caulking, HVAC filter replacement, HVAC repair/replace, and low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads. The program partners with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Community Action Agencies (CAA), Missouri Weatherization PAC, Committee to Keep Missourians Warm, Earthways Center, US Green Building Council, and Energy Efficiency for All.

In 2019 according to Spire Missouri, it spent $21,510,734 on its low-income programs and served 2,927 low-income customers. Savings data was not available.

Multifamily Programs

Evergy and Spire jointly-offer the Income-Eligible Multi-Family Program. This program offers no-cost in-unit direct install of energy-efficient equipment for properties with low-income residents. Property owners are also eligible for incentives for the installation of energy-efficient equipment in common areas.

In 2019, according to Evergy, it achieved 7,542 MWh savings, while spending $4,623,981 on its multifamily program. Evergy served 8,319 housing units in 91 multifamily properties. In 2019, Spire Missouri achieved 0.10 MMtherms while spending $382,030 and serving 2,570 housing units with this joint program.

Last Updated: July 2021

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Evergy provides whole-building data to customers. Kansas City provides community-wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their City GHG inventories. Evergy and Spire Energy have each published annual reports addressing energy use. They have worked with the City to provide data for the annual GHG inventory updates and will be publishing their GHG inventory in 2021 to reflect 2019 data.

Kansas City and Evergy also partnered on the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, Energy Data Accelerator, to facilitate better access to energy usage data.

Last Updated: July 2021

Decarbonization and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts of Cities and Energy UtilitiesList All

Utility Climate Mitigation Goal

In 2020, Evergy set a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 from 2005 levels. To achieve this goal, Eversource Energy will need to reduce emissions by 1.72% annually from 2019 levels.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

Kansas City typically intervenes in pending renewable energy cases, while not often providing written comments. While not a specific formal partnership, the City most recently passed Resolution 181000 regarding the City’s goal of procuring 100% carbon-free electricity. The city is working to facilitate and achieve parts of the resolution with renewable energy efforts. The Office of Environmental Quality has been involved in direct conversations with Evergy about the possibility of community solar siting in climate vulnerable communities. As part of Resolution No. 181000, Kansas City was asked to identify possible community solar sites through an on-going process. The City also plans to partner with the utility on Evergy's Sustainably Transformation Plan moving forward.

Clean Distributed Energy Resources 

The city entered into an intent agreement with the electric utility, Evergy, to site community solar systems on city property. 

Municipal Renewable Energy Procurement 

Kansas City has 72,468,862 kwh of renewable energy generation offsite from wind energy they purchase and 1,223,620 kwh of onsite solar generation.

City Renewable Energy Incentive and Financing Programs 

Homeowners may apply for property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for energy-efficient and water-saving home through the HERO Program. The city also expedites permits for solar energy systems. 

Last Updated: February 2024

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Citywide Water Efficiency and Goals

Although KC Water has funded water efficiency rebates in the past through WaterWorks, we could not confirm if the utility still funds programs to help customers save water. KC Water has established a non-revenue water (NRW) goal to reduce commercial and actual NRW, or water loss from leakage, metering inaccuracies, unseen line losses, and theft.

Water Plant Efficiency and Self-Generation

The Wastewater Treatment Division of Kansas City is currently working to reduce energy usage by 1% per year and assure all new equipment is as energy efficient as reasonably possible, within the context of the overall lifecycle cost of the asset, consistent with the Green and Sustainable Procurement Policy. However, there is no formal approach or dedicate funding source for comprehensive upgrades. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: July 2021

Local Government Score:
8.5 out of 25 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Kansas City’s Resolution No. 170586 established many of the city government’s municipal climate and energy goals, and Resolution No. 200005 updated the baseline year to 2005. The city’s 2008 Climate Action Plan also includes relevant municipal goals. Kansas City Resolution No. 080754 formally adopted the goals recommended by the 2008 Climate Action Plan.

Climate Mitigation Goal

The City has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations 70% below 2005 levels by 2025 with a goal of being climate neutral by 2030. To meet this goal, the city must reduce per capita emissions by 3.73% annually. Based on ACEEE’s analysis of past years emissions data, ACEEE projects that the city will come within 90% of its near-term GHG emissions reduction goal for municipal operations. 

Energy Reduction Goal

Kansas City aims to reduce local government energy use 50% by 2050. The Resolution includes a goal to achieve ENERGY STAR certification for 90% of municipal buildings over 25,000 square feet.

Renewable Energy Goal

The Resolution 181000 committed the city to procuring 100% of electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020. This goal was not met, and Resolution No. 200005 updated the goal to 100% renewable electricity by 2022. 

Last updated: June 2021

Procurement and Construction Policies List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

In Kansas City, an administrative regulation was approved to prioritize the purchase of Zero Emission Vehicles and Low Emission Vehicles when included in Municipal Fleet replacement. The policy states that all new municipal fleet vehicles shall be zero emission battery electric vehicles where available and if a suitable option exists. Kansas City's fleet is made up of 1.5% efficient vehicles. 

Public Lighting

Kansas City has not adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. However, there are outdoor lighting standards in place intended to protect the public health and general welfare by controlling the adverse impacts of glare and light trespass associated with poorly shielded or inappropriately directed lighting fixtures. Kansas City has converted 100% of traffic signals to LED. The City is now working on street light conversion to LED, and approximately 45% of streetlights have currently been converted. Streetlights are scheduled, so they only operate when needed. 

Inclusive procurement 

Kansas City has city-wide goals for participation of MBE and WBE in city contracts. The City through the Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity (CREO) Department has policies and procedures to be inclusive of Minority, Women Owned Enterprises along with Small Local Business Enterprises when awarding projects. This can include Prime contractors/suppliers, however, the vast majority of our diverse business communities are subcontractors. The CREO Dept uses the Annual Goal Manual to communicate the details of the programs and how the participation goals are set. There are MWBE goal requirements for Non-Construction contracts when the estimated annual cost shall exceed $160,000; and the MWDBE goal requirements for construction contracts when the estimated cost shall exceed $300,000. Kansas City has a disparity study focused on the construction workforce released in 2019. Kansas City participates in CBAs.  

Last updated: February 2024

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking

Kansas City benchmarks 100% of buildings over 10,000 sq-ft annually according to the city's benchmarking ordinance.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Kansas City.

Municipal Employee Transportation Benefits

Kansas City offers free memberships to RideKC Bike ebikes for city employees through a partnership with BikeWalkKC. Kansas City also has free bus and streetcar service, not just for employees, but for all city residents. 

Last update: February 2024