MCC participates as an active partner in a number of local, regional and state-wide initiatives focused on environmental sustainability
and energy conservation, such as:
- MCC is an institutional member of the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, a public/private partnership to promote
the use of alternative-fuel vehicles. The Coalition, which is administered by the Metropolitan Energy Center, is an affiliate of the US Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program. MCC's director of automotive technology, Stan Abrahamson,
serves on a sub-committee dealing with plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure (think "car charging stations") for our region,
in partnership with the Mid America Regional Council.
- MCC is a community partner in Kansas City's Green Impact Zone.
- Through its membership in the Missouri Energy Workforce Consortium, MCC is involved in an inventory of energy training programs available statewide. A gap analysis related to this programming
is being conducted in conjunction with the Department of Labor's State Energy Sector Partnership grant.
- MCC was represented on the Mid America Regional Council's Building a Greener KC steering committee, which was formed to identify
training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy opportunities. Specifically, the committee's
objective was to address the need for "green" knowledge, practices, and skills in new construction, retro-fitting, and demolition.
The committee also includes representatives from MARC, the Greater KC Chamber, OneKC WIRED, Metropolitan Energy Center and
Johnson County Community College.
- MCC's Institute for Workforce Innovation produces "The Green Zone" a television program on Smart Future TV that features local environmental initiatives and projects, from urban farming to Kansas City's Green Impact Zone.
- MCC-Longview’s automotive department is a national training center for the National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium.
Though the training center partnership is not yet formalized, the NAFT Consortium has selected Longview as a site for its annual National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event. The event, which is being planned in collaboration with the KC Regional Clean Cities Coalition, will be held at MCC-Longview
on October 15, 2010.
- In May 2010, MCC's Institute for Workforce Innovation partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau to host
a community forum to identify regional green resources. As a result of the forum, a Kansas City Area Green Resources Database was developed.