City officials ready to take on Manhattan, KSU in contest to reduce energy consumption

The game is on.

City commissioners Tuesday agreed to sign up for a contest that will pit the city of Lawrence and Kansas University against Manhattan and Kansas State University in a competition to see which community can save the most energy.

The Lawrence-based Climate and Energy Project and the Kansas Energy Office are sponsoring the competition that will run from January through September. The winner will receive a $100,000 grant to be used for a public energy efficiency project.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to sign up for the project after being told it would not require any additional city funding. The city will receive a $25,000 grant from the state to pay for marketing and other contest costs, and the Climate and Energy Project will provide the city with a part-time coordinator.

“This is going to be fun. You guys had better wear extra clothes this winter,” Mayor Mike Amyx said to fellow city commissioners, “because we’re going to beat K-State.”