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City conducts workshop to incorporate sustainability into operations

The City of Kansas City, Mo., held a two-day sustainability workshop for administration-level employees and other City staff who are active in creating and overseeing projects that seek to incorporate sustainability (a triple bottom line) to simultaneously promote social equity, economic vitality and environmental quality. The workshop was June 2-3 at Cerner’s Riverport Campus, 6411 Birmingham Road.

City staff, sustainability experts and municipal employees from across the country who have implemented successful programs in their communities presented at the conference. City staff then worked in breakout sessions to develop strategies for implementing sustainability in capital projects, purchasing, water, energy and codes/permits/plans.

“It’s crucial that the City is proactive in training staff on sustainability and identifying ways to incorporate sustainability into City operations,” said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. “Sustainability is a complex, wide-reaching concept that will continue to return benefits as we become better educated on different practices and technologies.”

The workshop included presentations on existing City initiatives to increase sustainability through innovation in climate protection, building construction and renovation, home weatherization and minor home repair, planting trees in vacant lots and increasing efficiencies in water and energy use.

The City will implement ideas generated at the workshop in accordance with the City’s Green Solutions Policy, which directs departments to incorporate green solutions into projects, programs and policies.

For more information on the workshop, contact Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, Office of Environmental Quality at (816) 513-3459.

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