Congressman Cleaver today joined Posty Cards of Kansas City, as well as other project partners and community leaders, to celebrate the company's groundbreaking honor of receiving LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
This certification makes Posty Cards the first Platinum industrial building in the state -- and one of only seven nationwide. Posty is by far the smallest company with this distinction.
"Already a leader in the industry of business-to-business greeting cards, now Posty is leading the way again," said U.S. Representative Cleaver. "With the expansion and renovation of their building, right here in Kansas City's urban core, this small company is saying big things with this certification. For one, that being environmentally conscious is not only possible -- but preferred."
Posty was able to get funding from the Federal government in the form of rebates, incentives and tax credits. Congressman Cleaver told the crowd of close to a hundred today that it highlights what a positive role government can play in helping to create and sustain jobs, assist small business and continue economic growth.
Posty's expansion and renovation was necessary because the business was running out of space. Posty Cards President, Erick Jessee, told the crowd the vision for a green building came with the realization that the expansion would allow the company to bring the entire operation in line with their sustainability goals.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gives building owners a guide for measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Posty is a family-owned business, operating for many decades in Kansas City.