The Health Department, as part of the City's "Green Solutions" policy and the State Department of Health and Senior Services' "Just One" campaign, has developed a list of services and programs that monitor or improve health in order to achieve a sustainable, enviromentally green Kansas City.
Over the last few years, a number of environmentally-friendly improvements were made to the Health Department facility. Solar water heating, motion-activated light switches, energy efficient light bulbs and HVAC system changes have all been completed at the Health Department.
Health Department environmentally-friendly/"green" services
Green City pictures
As part of the City's "Green Solutions" project, several of the City Councilmembers visited Portland, Ore., in February 2008 to observe steps that city has taken towards becoming a sustainable, environmentally-friendly city. They observed rooftop gardens, curb designs to control storm runoff, curbside rain gardens, mass transit, alternate drainage systems, signs explaining the programs to the residents and a variety of other possibilities. Several of these examples have since been implemented around the City, for exmple the "gutter gardens" along Troost Ave.
The following are photos taken by Councilmember Jan Marcason and others on this trip.
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