The KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program recognizes those neighborhoods that have implemented sustainable practices within their community. Communities that embrace sustainability have found ways to improve their neighborhood by reducing waste generated, air pollution, stormwater runoff, energy costs and transportation costs, while also providing greater access to local foods for local residents. These benefits and the strategies to achieve them should be recognized in the hopes that those efforts would both inspire others to incorporate sustainability into their neighborhoods, and provide an easy marker for those residents looking for neighborhoods that have incorporated sustainability into their unique character.
Benefits to the neighborhood
Those neighborhoods that are awarded a KC Green Neighborhood designation are provided the following benefits:
Neighborhood recognition – The neighborhood and its sustainable practices will be featured on KCCG-TV2, highlighted in the biannual publication KCMOre, and posted on the KC Green Web page, www.kcmo.org/kcgreen. In addition, the neighborhood will be provided KC Green street sign toppers. The street sign toppers are placed on top of existing streets signs to indicate that the neighborhood is a KC Green Neighborhood.
Clinics and workshops – Residents of KC Green Neighborhoods will be provided free access to clinics and workshops to help continue and or/maintain their progress toward a sustainable neighborhood. Topics may include: rain barrel design and construction; home energy efficiency; tree selection, planting and maintenance; and rain gardens.
KC Green Neighborhood eco-gift – The neighborhood may select an eco-gift to benefit its residents. Eco-gifts include rain barrels, recycle bins, reusable grocery bags, an electric lawn mower and garden tools, among others.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., administers the application and awards process. The application must be completed and submitted by one of the following methods:
- emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- Mailed to: City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Environmental Quality
414 E. 12th St., Suite 2404
Kansas City, MO 64106
- A survey tool is also available for Neighborhood/HOA presidents/representatives to gather data from residents. The following link to the survey may be emailed to residents. Upon completion of the survey by the residents, the neighborhood president/leader may request a summary of the surveys by sending an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include the name of your neighborhood. Please allow 1 business day to receive your results. Neighborhoods/HOAs may prefer to set up their own surveys for residents using other tools (i.e. Survey Monkey, Zoomerang, etc.).
Applications must be received by June 3, 2013 at close of business.
Applicants may be visited by the selection team to observe and document sustainable practices identified in the application. Results of the applications will be announced in August.
Questions regarding the application may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-3460.
Any active/registered City of Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood/homeowners association is eligible to apply.
Register or renew your neighborhood's registration.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., will evaluate and score received applications. Those neighborhoods that are chosen to be a KC Green Neighborhood will be designated a Silver, Gold or Platinum level. KC Green Neighborhood designations are retained for three years, after which, the neighborhood will be required to reapply.
There is no predetermined number of awards.