Community-Based Energy Program:
The Green Impact Zone of Missouri
The Green Impact Zone of Missouri was a community-based energy program operated in Southeast Kansas City from 2009 to 2014. The program ran by the planning organization Mid-America Regional Council, weatherised 659 homes in a 150-block area of five low-income, majority African-American neighborhoods through the fundings boosted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
This case study will examine how the Mid-America Regional Council worked with the local communities and grassroots organizations to scale the US Department of Energy's Weatherisation Assitance Programme. We will first examine the socio-economic history and the demographics of the studied region to understand how the process of disinvestment happened in the community and how it relates to energy insecurity. We will then investigate how to improve the energy efficiency of the houses. Lastly, we will examine the encountered barriers and the last legacy of the Green Impact Zone.