FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2017
Does your neighborhood go above and beyond to implement Earth-friendly habits and initiatives? We want to hear from you. The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is launching its KC Green Neighborhood Recognition program to recognize neighborhoods working to improve sustainability.
Registered neighborhoods may apply online through July 31 to be a KC Green Neighborhood. The City will award neighborhoods with a Platinum, Gold or Silver designation based on the green/sustainable initiatives they have implemented. Winners will be announced in the fall.
Neighborhoods selected for recognition will receive neighborhood signage; acknowledgment of their efforts in City publications, on the City’s cable channel, KCCG-TV2 and on the City’s social media networks; access to various workshops; and an eco-gift to help them continue their progress. This year, the program offers a streamlined application process and LED lights as a new eco-gift option.
Past neighborhoods recognized implemented such green practices as home energy efficiency improvements; farmer’s 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 re-purposed for edible landscapes, play areas and community gathering places.
“It is important to recognize the neighborhoods in this community going above and beyond to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives,” said Chief Environmental Officer Dennis Murphey. “We are pleased to publicly recognize the efforts of our green neighborhoods and hope others will be inspired by their focus on an environmentally friendly lifestyle.”
The KC Green initiative advances 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 add green elements to all city operations.