FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is calling for nominations for its KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program. Part of the City’s KC Green initiative, this program recognizes registered neighborhoods that have broadly implemented sustainable practices. Applications will be accepted from Earth Day through June 17, and forms are available at kcmo.gov/kcgreen (click “Neighborhood Recognition Program”) or call 816-513-0582.
Neighborhoods selected for recognition receive neighborhood signage; acknowledgment of their efforts in City publications and on the City’s cable channel, KCCG-TV2; access to various sustainability workshops; and an eco-gift. Winners are honored at platinum, gold or silver levels, and are announced in the fall.
Previous winners include: Manheim, Westside Housing, Marlborough, Ivanhoe, Avalon View, Pendleton Heights and Center City neighborhoods. Their green practices included home energy efficiency improvements; farmers markets and home farm stands, rain gardens, litter pickup programs, curbside glass recycling and compost pickup – and community gardens and urban orchards—sometimes on vacant lots repurposed for edible landscapes, play areas and community gathering places.
The City’s KC Green initiative works to advance social equity, economic vitality and environmental quality by promoting sustainable practices in projects and programs citywide. KC Green is led by four staff-level Green Teams (Education & Outreach, Regulation & Policy, Resource Management, and Green Infrastructure) that develop recommendations to incorporate additional green and sustainable elements into all aspects of municipal operations.