Sustainable Success Stories

Date: Dec. 5, 2014
Time: 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Location: Kauffman Foundation
Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110
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Fee: There is no cost to attend this event; however, registration is required.

On Dec. 5, the Mid-America Regional Council will honor nine local projects as 2014 Sustainable Success Stories. The 2014 awards highlight projects that advance the three pillars of sustainability — social equity, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. Project honorees were selected through a competitive Call for Successful Sustainable Projects.

Sustainable Success Stories is part of an ongoing community dialogue focused on building a better understanding of sustainable practices that have the potential to transform our community through quality placemaking. By sharing local successes and challenges, we can teach community partners how to replicate high-impact practices with the long-term goal of improving the quality of life for citizens in the Kansas City region.

2014 Honorees

Click an honoree's name to read the full project description.

  • After the Harvest — This hunger-relief nonprofit organization works with farmers and produce industry partners to get excess fruits and vegetables to food banks in Kansas and Missouri, thus serving people who can’t afford fresh produce.

  • Digital Life Skills + Inexpensive PCs, Connecting for Good — Connecting for Good is a nonprofit that aims to bridge the digital divide in the Kansas City metro, by providing low-cost refurbished computers and free digital life skills classes.

  • EnergyWorks KC, Kansas City, Missouri — This program was designed to educate Kansas City, Missouri, property owners on ways to reduce energy waste, increase home comfort and create additional home value.

  • Friends of Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts Garden — The Friends of Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts sponsor a community garden for individuals going through the municipal court treatment programs. The garden helps individuals dealing with substance abuse develop new interests and hobbies. Participants learn practical skills and keep the food they grow.

  • The Giving Grove — This Kansas City Community Garden program is designed to help low-income individuals, children and community groups across the Kansas City metro grow their own food in garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots and school yards. These gardens create a sense of community and provide healthy food options in food deserts.

  • Green Works in Kansas City — A two year development program that helps low-income youth grow through academic achievement, job training opportunities with environmental and public service organizations, and life skills training, such as financial literacy and time management. Participating youth learn about environmental challenges in the Kansas City metro and ways to make meaningful change through environmental stewardship.

  • Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction, University of Kansas — The University of Kansas repaired Jayhawk Boulevard with sustainability in mind, by improving transit stops, providing green solutions for stormwater management, creating additional places for student interaction and green space, and reviving the historic landscape and street canopy.

  • Johnson County WIC Community Garden, Johnson County, Kansas — Johnson County created a garden that not only provides food to WIC families, but also teaching WIC clients valuable skills. Volunteers, including 42 WIC families, maintain the garden and are welcome to participate in cooking demonstrations at the WIC offices.

  • Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project, City of Kansas City, Missouri — The city of Kansas City, Missouri, Water Services department led the nation’s first green infrastructure project intended to reduce combined sewer overflows. Improvements included rain gardens, bioretention basins and 5,400 linear feet of permeable or porous surfaces all located in the public right-of-way.