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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 18, 2013

City announces KC Green Neighborhood winners
Program recognizes neighborhoods working to improve sustainability

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will honor the first four winners of its new KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at the KC Green Fair at Ilus Davis Park. The program, a part of the City’s KC Green initiative, will recognize registered neighborhoods that have broadly implemented sustainable practices.

The four winning neighborhoods are: Avalon View, Center City, Ivanhoe and Pendleton Heights.

“Each of these neighborhoods demonstrated their commitment to implementing sustainable practices through a variety of activities and programs,” said Environmental Manager Andy Savastino. “These neighborhoods incorporated a variety of green practices that not only improved their local communities, but benefit the City as a whole.”

Neighborhoods selected for recognition will receive neighborhood signage; acknowledgment of their efforts in City publications and on the City’s cable channel, KCCG-TV2; access to various sustainability workshops; and an eco-gift to help them continue their neighborhood’s progress toward sustainability.

Ivanhoe will be honored for its Grown in Ivanhoe project, which includes a farmers market and home farmstands, as well as Lots of Love, a program that repurposes vacant lots for edible landscapes, play activities and community gathering places.

Avalon View has block captains who pick up and recycle litter, and many residents have planted rain gardens and vegetables. They share home-grown produce at neighborhood meetings.

Pendleton Heights was recognized for curbside glass recycling and a partnership with Jerusalem Farm that includes curbside compost pickup. Residents have planted 42 peach trees and will add an orchard to a large community garden this fall.

Center City devised a sustainability plan more than 10 years ago with an emphasis on energy efficiency for new homes and energy audits to improve existing structures. Other accomplishments include food and rain gardens and a community orchard with 95 fruit trees.

Residents are invited to attend the KC Green Fair to learn more about the green projects sponsored by these neighborhoods and the innovative and sustainable initiatives of City departments and several City partners.

Neighborhoods selected for recognition will receive neighborhood signage; acknowledgment of their efforts in City publications and on the City’s cable channel, KCCG-TV2; access to various sustainability workshops; and an eco-gift to help them continue their neighborhood’s progress toward sustainability.

The City’s KC Green initiative works to advance 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 incorporate additional green and sustainable elements into all aspects of municipal operations.

For more information on the KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program, visit www.kcmo.org/kcgreen, email kcgreen@kcmo.org or call Colleen Doctorian at 816-513-1377.

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