The Office of Environmental Quality, a division of the City Manager’s Office, was established to ensure all City government actions are performed in an environmentally responsible manner. We promote City policies that encourage the private sector to preserve and enhance environmental quality and provide regional leadership for the public, private, and non-profit sectors on environmental affairs and sustainability.
Our Vision for Kansas City
A clean city with environmentally sensitive residents who conserve resources and protect the environment. A city where people can walk places. A sustainable city in which beauty and quality of life are enhanced for future generations.
To encourage residents to act as stewards of the environment by informing them of individual and corporate choices they can make. Through partnerships, to provide services and opportunities people can use to improve the quality of their environment. To help transform City government into an efficient organization that models environmental stewardship by assisting City departments in performing their operations and managing their facilities in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
What we do
- Environmental Compliance – Ensure regulatory compliance in City facilities by promoting environmental stewardship among all City employees and implementing the City’s Environmental Management System (EMS).
- Clean Air – Oversee the City’s internal response system to elevated, ground-level ozone alerts
- Sustainability – Implement the Kansas City, Mo. Climate Protection Plan, Kansas City’s response to global climate change. We also provide staff support to the Kansas City Energy Project, Climate Protection Steering Committee, Environmental Management Commission, the City’s Green Solutions Steering Committee, and participate in the Green Business Network.
- Environmental Liaison – Promote and maintain relationships with external organizations, collaborating with the public and private sectors to preserve and enhance environmental quality. We also provide staff support to the Environmental Management Commission and represent the City in the Byproduct Synergy Initiative, the MARC Air Quality Forum, the Green Business Network. Our local partners include Kansas City Power & Light, Missouri Gas Energy, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Regional Council, Bridging The Gap, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.