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Kansas City approves free public transportation for all


Last week, the city council of Kansas City unanimously voted for free public transportation via the Zero Fare Transit proposal. Kansas City’s streetcar service is already free, and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) likewise provides free services to veterans.


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Worlds largest Passive House building to open in Kansas City


The largest Passive House building in the world is set to welcome its first tenants this October in the historic River Market of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Worlds largest Passive House building to open in Kansas City. The luxury apartment community — dubbed Second + Delaware — will offer high-end amenities alongside energy-efficient advantages with 80% to 90% energy savings compared to conventional buildings.

Jon Christensen: Why Nature’s on the Margins in U.S. Cities–and That Could Be a Good Thing

Nature Conservancy - Science

Source: City Nature. Enter City Nature — a new project from Stanford University that maps the “greenness” and “paved-ness” of more than 2,500 neighborhoods in 34 U.S. Those disparities are wide , according to Jon Christensen , an environmental historian who is one of City Nature’s two principal investigators and who teaches in UCLA’s History Department and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. cities in a way that is biased towards any particular class.

This isn't the sort of press the UMKC B-school wanted

Environmental Economics

The governor of Missouri has called for an investigation into the validity of rankings that prominently featured the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s business school. Gov. Jay Nixon sent a letter to the university’s Board of Curators after an investigation by  The Kansas City Star revealed previously undisclosed relationships between the university and the two authors of a study that ranked the Henry W.

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I've been submitting misleading data to RePEc for years

Environmental Economics

And still, my rankings go nowhere: The professor at the heart of a  rankings scandal  at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management has resigned,  The Kansas City Star  reported. The controversy centers on an innovation-management program that the professor, Michael Song, founded in 2005 and led until last year.

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I've developed some rankings that make me the #1 researcher

Environmental Economics

And announcing it as if I totally believe it: When a study found that the business school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City boasted the world’s No. Now an investigation by The Kansas City Star has cast substantial doubt on that glowing result. 1 program in innovation-management research, officials from the chancellor on down basked publicly in the news.

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Can't Afford to Fill up on Gas?

Green (Living) Review

The free class is located at theTony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 West Pennway Terrace in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City, MO : Plan Your Route will take the commuter beyond the paper map and make the bike trip the best it can be. Public transportation isn't great in the Kansas City region, but combine it with a bike and it is a quick and healthy option to get around town. BikeWalkKC will have bike maps and will help avoid the rolling Kansas City hills.

Food forests manage themselves

Green (Living) Review

On a suburban Kansas lot at the corner of 55th and Mastin streets, an experiment is underway: A food forest is growing crops, creating economic value and, most notably, doing most of the work on its own. Quell, the property owner who has lent the site to Cultivate Kansas City to design, install, manage and harvest food grown from guilds of trees, shrubs and plants.

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I'm a macro forecaster

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: (KANSAS CITY, Mo.), July 28, 2011 – Optimism is out; pessimism is in among the country’s top economics bloggers as they look to 2012 and beyond, particularly regarding jobs. A new Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation survey released today shows that only 50 percent of respondents anticipate employment growth, a decrease of 20 percent from second quarter.

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Earthships Are Worth Looking Into & Here’s Why


Colin moved to Kansas City in 2017 to be part of a young adult program at Radiant Church. Homes built to maximize sustainability often. double as landmarks. It can be awe-inspiring to look at the architecture that lends itself well to the landscape around it, or it can be useful to see how someone balanced conflicting sustainable practices, such as rooftop gardens, rainwater collection, or solar panels.

Clean Energy: Making Better Economic Sense and Keeping the Heat On During the Polar Vortex

Sierra Club Compass

  Meanwhile, in Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light announced this week it will expand an energy efficiency program and "double its wind-generating capacity to serve 124,000 homes." Clean energy continues to make the news nationwide as solar and wind power continue expanding at an exponential rate.   "Solar is a better deal."

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GM airs funny electric vehicle commercial during Super Bowl


While people rooted for the Kansas City Chiefs or Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, General Motors waged a war with greater implications. Green africa air pollution auto commercial Eco electric vehicles europe kansas norway researchers student-at-the super super-bowl

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Worst drought in a century has hit over 93% of West Coast


It would be very surprising if that did not happen again this year,” said Douglas Kluck, NOAA’s director of regional climate services in Kansas City. Western U.S. states are experiencing the worst drought in the past century. Figures released by the U.S Drought Monitor show that 93% of the land in seven Western states is under drought. Further, about 59% of the land is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought.

Hilton Hotels to Share Food Waste in Hungry Egypt

Green Prophet

Egypt is the only international beneficiary of this experimental project to reduce food waste , which will also be conducted in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Orlando and Kansas City in the United States. Collecting food from these establishments alone could help reduce hunger in the cities especially and divert methane-producing waste from landfills.

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The ReUse People of America Launches National 2012 ReUse Contest

Green (Living) Review

This year TRP has expanded the contest to stores in the following cities and states: Boise, ID Kansas City, MO, Rockford & Chicago, IL Charleston, WV Houston West Haven, CT Durham, NC Mt. Prospect, PA California cities including Sacramento, Oakland, Pacoima, Orange, and Los Angeles The Reuse Contest promotes innovative remodeling projects built by consumers using discarded materials that are normally sent to landfills.

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Bling for Books: Angelina Jolie Opens School in Afghanistan

Green Prophet

Style of Jolie offers versions of the actress’s red-carpet baubles including a necklace that she wore to the 2010 premiere of her movie “Salt” Previously available through private arrangement, the jewelry is now also sold through Kansas City retail jewelry store Tivol. Angelina Jolie funds girls’ schools in Afghanistan with the proceeds of her luxury jewelry line.

United States Facing Mercury Storage Opposition

Eco Friendly Daily

The seven possible locations for mercury storage include: Grand Junction, Colorado, Richland, Washington, Idaho Falls, Idaho and Kansas City, Missouri. Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and has been used for many years in the production of various products. Mercury has been used in manufacturing chlorine, in gold mining and in batteries and thermometers. However, mercury use has declined recently in the United States due to concerns over the health issues involved.

A frequency table of USDA ERS employee outcomes

Environmental Economics

An Agriculture Department spokesperson said that 10 new employees at ERS and three at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which sends grant money to agricultural research institutions, have started work in the Kansas City area. USDA has said that locating ERS and NIFA in the Kansas City region would save about $20 million per year over 15 years.

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Keeping Crops Cool During Hot Weather: 13 Ways to Beat the Heat

Green (Living) Review

In a 2001 study conducted on two Kansas City-area organic farms and at the Kansas State Research and Extension Center in Olathe, high tunnels covered with 40 percent shade cloth doubled the survival of transplanted lettuce seedlings and kept the plants from developing bitter flavors. You can learn more about high tunnel culture , hosted by Kansas State University. Tips on keeping crops cool during hot weather.

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Nurses Say No To Tar Sands

Sierra Club Compass

Kari Columbus, a nurse from Kansas City, Kansas, sees the impacts of tar sands daily on herself, her children and her patients. “We Rolanda Watson, a Chicago nurse, has seen an increase in respiratory diseases as a result of the plumes of petcoke dust that swirl around the Windy City. The waste is then stored in open-air pits where it is free to blow about the city and is inhaled by unsuspecting people.

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Grass is Not Greener for Chemically Manicured Lawns in the U.S

Eco Friendly Daily

Steve Man, one of the co-founders of the Kansas City chapter calls it ‘lawn eradification’. Carefully manicured lawns still remain a status symbol of sorts. A well nurtured front lawn makes a home look almost picture perfect. But behind the fresh green, the story is of inorganic chemicals, pesticides, and flagrant usage of water that should be an environmental taboo. Only it’s not as lawns continue to sprout.

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Big in 2021: American jobs created by EV companies


Ford is developing an all-electric cargo van at a Kansas City plant that will create 150 jobs this year. Business Eco Green auto california energy financial first goals island kansas montreal obama school school-district white

A Look at Green Roofs: DaVinci Roofscapes

Green Life Smart Life

DaVinci Roofscapes began in 1999; they are located in Kansas City, KS. To save on transportations costs DaVinci compounds, molds and finishes all the lightweight tiles in their Kansas facility to save energy and also transportation costs. DaVinci Roofscapes is famous for their slate and shake tile. DaVinci prides itself on being the lead provider of authentic looking and durable synthetic slate and shake tile roofing.

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Perkins and Will designs modular, affordable housing for the homeless


Mayor Garcetti’s A Bridge Home initiative, a program to provide emergency homeless housing in the city. To provide a lifeline to those individuals and to meet the city’s goal to create 1,500 new beds by 2020, Perkins and Will designed the DOME to not only meet the basic necessities of privacy and safety but to also provide for efficient storage and shipping, low installation costs and easy configurations.

Verizon selects 12 Internet of Things startups that may change your world

Green Prophet

I’ve broken it up for those that like to focus on sectors: agtech, health and smart cities. flux – Smart Agriculture (NY, NY – To assist consumers in growing food at home, especially those that live in cities, the company has developed a connected device that monitors the growth of vegetables in a hydroponic environment and determines the optimal growing recipe using a global, connected community of people growing food together. Cities.

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Earth Force and GM Recognize Teachers for Environmental Education

Green (Living) Review

The winners are: Fulece Hughes of Kansas City, Kan. Hughes has been involved in STEM projects with the University of Kansas and currently submitted her students’ STEM exhibit project to Battle of the Brains, which is a competition to win help from Burns and McDonnell Engineering Firm to work with the students on their project. They are learning about the natural environment of New York City while serving their local community.

Big in 2021: American jobs created by EV companies


Ford is developing an all-electric cargo van at a Kansas City plant that will create 150 jobs this year. Business Eco Green amazon electric goals kansas michigan montreal north obama school white yearBig in 2021: American jobs created by EV companies Katie Fehrenbacher Wed, 01/06/2021 – 00:30 One of the big things I’m thinking about to kick off 2021 is how electric vehicles will be entwined with a U.S. recovery.

Practical Green Infrastructure Solution to Alleviate Nation’s Water Woes

The Green Changemakers

cities to be harvested every year As America’s expanding urban areas struggle with major water supply shortages and runoff pollution problems, capturing rainwater from rooftops provides a tremendous untapped opportunity to increase water supply and improve water quality, according to a recent analysis on “ Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops ” by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). cities could incorporate this simple water collection approach. Kansas City, Mo.;

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Seattle’s Green Stormwater Goals

Sightline Daily

Recently, the city of Seattle announced a goal to dramatically increase the amount of water treated by rain gardens, green roofs, green streets, permeable pavement and other alternatives that seek to treat stormwater more naturally instead of carry it away in pipes. Mayor Mike McGinn and some city council members want to ramp that number up to 700 million gallons by 2025. Source: City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability (Click on graphic to enlarge.).

Getting Smart About Climate Change

The Green Changemakers

The leadership is coming from small towns such as Carbondale, Colorado, and from larger metropolitan areas such as Kansas City, Missouri–Kansas, where local officials assembled citizens and the full range of stakeholders to develop creative solutions and build consensus around programs and strategies.

New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from.

Sierra Club Compass

Do you know of some way I can get energy efficient heating and cooling in Kansas City? Compass. « Social Bankability, Solar Crowdfunding & Emerging Markets | Main. Obamas Climate Legacy and the Keystone XL Pipeline » New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from President Obama. Today, the Sierra Club is launching a new campaign that lays out a clear roadmap for President Obama to take action on climate disruption and clean energy.

Product of the Week – 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Paperback Book

The Go Green Blog

In addition to teaching, he is a sought-after lecturer and visiting artist, with recent lectures at Ohio State University, Illinois State University, and the Kansas City Art Institute. Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used , upcycled , and already existing materials.

Green Government Initiative Publications

The Green Changemakers

Workshop: High Water Marks- Tools for Rural Counties to Improve Water Quality Presentations from the 2008 NACo Annual Conference in Kansas City. Workshop: How to Implement County Green Policies-Innovative Codes and Ordinances Presentations from the 2008 NACo Annual Conference in Kansas City. Presentations from the 2008 NACo Annual Conference in Kansas City.

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Beyond the Wallet Condom

Sightline Daily

Kansas City) Potential contraceptives are sometimes discovered as side effects of other medications, and gamendazole derives from a cancer treatment that by chance was noted to decrease male fertility. Photo by This Year''s Love, cc. My teenage nephew came to visit last summer, and I asked him if there was anything he needed from the drug store. “Uh, Uh, condoms?” he said. It was easier to ask liberal Aunt Val than Grandma, who is raising him. We hopped in the car.

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Poems for Peace in Our World

The Green Changemakers

Submit poems to Poems for Peace in Our World • School and Classroom Program • People to People International World Headquarters • 911 Main Street, Suite 2110 • Kansas City, Missouri 64105 USA • 816.561.7502 fax. In this project, primary, middle and secondary students compose poetry expressing the concept of peace for our world.

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50 Excellent YouTube Videos About Urban Planning

The Green Changemakers

Urban planning requires thoughtful decisions about how to use city space, and how to create cityscapes that serve people, as well as serve function. These videos also include helpful examples from different cities around the world. Path to Paradise: History of Urban Planning in San Diego : A look at the history behind land use planning in the city of San Diego. City of Dreams – Brazil : This video looks at some of the basic principles of urban planning in Curitiba, Brazil.

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Weekend Reading 2/22/13

Sightline Daily

Kansas City meteorologist Gary Lezak recently told his TV viewers how greenhouse gas emissions are changing our weather system. Alan. I’ve had little to contribute to weekend reading of late, because I decided to read fewer articles and more books—hence my recent entry about an 800-page biography of Winston Churchill.

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Keep your eyes on these 9 electric truck and van companies in 2021


Ford’s ambitious production timeline is backed by a $100 million investment to retrofit a Kansas City plant that is already making the diesel-powered Transit. Keep your eyes on these 9 electric truck and van companies in 2021 Mike De Socio Mon, 01/04/2021 – 02:00 Last year, a number of automakers announced or advanced ambitious plans to electrify heavy-duty big rigs, semi-trucks, box trucks, delivery vans and more.

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Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide

Green Blog

Residents in China’s “happiest city,” Hangzhou, can move easily from public transit onto physically separated bike tracks that have been carved out of the vast majority of roadways. And on any given Sunday in Mexico City, some 15,000 cyclists join together on a circuit of major thoroughfares closed to motorized traffic. Today more than 500 cities in 49 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles.

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Recycling in art and architecture

The Green Changemakers

It's produced out of Kansas City and so far over 60 shows have been produced in about 10 years. The Bottle Wall Introducing the Bottle Wall, a peculiar form of stained glass. You won't see any mention of bottle walls or bottle houses in the stately and academic tomes of stained glass history. But stained glass it is, and it deserves recognition. anonymous bottle wall - posted on Flickr be prepared for lots of pictures.

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People to People International

The Green Changemakers

PTPI’s Lafayette College (Pards to People) Chapter in Easton, PA participates in a city-wide cleanup, walking tour of Easton, and community dinner. To get your University Chapter start-up kit or for more information, please contact: Sarah Houston People to People International 911 Main Street Suite 2110 Kansas City, Missouri 64105 USA 816.531.4701 phone 816.561.7502 fax Email:

Public Transportation: Benefits for the 21st Century

The Green Changemakers

According to the most recent Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report on congestion in the top 85 cities in the U.S., The TTI report stated that public transportation services in America's most congested cities saved travelers 1.1 Salt Lake City, UT ranked the best in this category. Public transportation services in America’s most congested cities saved travelers 1.1 Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 2006 at and

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