Certified Partners

Johnson County recognizes businesses, schools, and other commercial entities through the Green Business Program. All of these awardees have started or improved programs that increase waste diversion and sustainability. Department of Health and Environment staff can provide free assistance to your business, school, place of worship, etc. through the Waste Diversion Assistance Program.

2019 Awardees

Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy, a natural gas distributor located in Olathe, has recently expanded their recycling and waste reduction efforts. Atmos has successfully added a recycling container, and has also added recycle bins in both the office and warehouse areas, collecting cardboard, paper, and plastic bottles. In addition, they recycle their shredded documents, and leftover food from company meals are donated to a local Salvation Army food bank.

bijin salon and spa

bijin salon and spa, located in Prairie Village, were already making efforts to recycle, but wanted to do more. With the help of Johnson County, bijin are looking to start composting hair clippings, began purchasing green janitorial products, and started a battery recycling program through the Big Green Box. New employees are also briefed on environmental efforts during orientation to ensure that everyone is on board.

Integrative Health Providers, Finan Chiropractic, & Lifestyle Massage

Integrative Health Providers, Finan Chiropractic, & Lifestyle Massage
Located in Lenexa, this healthcare facility initially included no recycling options for collecting appropriate materials. Johnson County staff worked with this location to add recycling bins and signs. Waste reduction efforts also include composting of scrap food, commingled and glass recycling options, and water bottle refilling stations – they even reduced paper towel use by switching to cloth towels. 


Kindred, a small boutique located in Oak Park Mall, has worked hard to revamp their recycling and waste reduction programs. Previously, employees would put recyclables in their cars and drive them to a recycling center. Now, they work with a local company called L'Arche to provide recycling pickup. They also reduced their paper usage by going to more reusable and durable options, work with vendors to reuse plastic packaging and hangers, and have greatly reduced their usage of disposable drink cups.

Rimann Liquors

Rimann Liquors has two different locations being honored this year, one in Lenexa and one in Prairie Village. To increase recycling efforts, the Lenexa location sponsors a recycling bin that they allow connecting businesses to utilize. Both locations fully take advantage of cardboard recycling and also allow customers to reuse boxes before recycling them. The stores even offer collection boxes for natural cork recycling, which then go to ReCork for recycling. Going beyond recycling, Rimann also has reused old wine barrels and used them to develop display tables for wine tastings.

Training Umbrella

Training Umbrella, located in Overland Park, offers training room rentals and more. They have worked to expand their recycling efforts by adding paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans to the cardboard that was already being recycled. Going beyond recycling, Training Umbrella has found was to reuse materials for use in their building; this includes a conference table made out of reclaimed wood. 

Village Cooperative of Shawnee

Village Cooperative of Shawnee, a senior living community located in Shawnee, have worked with Johnson County staff to add recycling bins to all communal spaces and to the 53 units on the property. Education efforts have also been used to communicate to members what can and can't go in their recycle bins. Members have access to composting bins and use the compost in the garden areas. Members also collect glass which is then taken to a nearby Ripple Glass bin for recycling. Bike racks were also installed for members that want to bike. 


Lenexa Hills Elementary
Johnson County has worked with the Shawnee Mission School District for many years to develop and maintain recycling and composting programs at the schools and district offices. Lenexa Hills Elementary is the newest addition to that group. The main component of their waste reduction efforts is the collection of food and paper waste from the cafeteria that is then composted; recycling is also collected in the cafeteria. In addition the school also properly disposes of all its electronic waste, and has several bike rakes available to students who ride their bike to school.

Honorable Mention Partner

Gurdwara Nanak Darbar Sahib Temple
Located in Olathe, this temple has really ramped up their waste reduction and recycling efforts. While working with Johnson County they have added recycling in key communal areas, with the bins being collected by L'Arche. Other sustainability efforts are currently being discussed, and they look forward to starting them soon.

2018 Awardees

City of Shawnee- City Hall
Grantham University
Growing Futures Early Education Center
InterUrban Lofts
InTouch Solutions
Rise Against Hunger
University of Kansas-Edwards campus
Wiener Kitchen


Horizons High School
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Hocker Grove Middle School
Trailridge Middle School
Broken Arrow Elementary School
East Antioch Elementary School
Merriam Park Elementary School
Roesland Elementary School
Rushton Elementary School
Santa Fe Trail Elementary School
Swananoe Elementary School
Arrowhead Day School
Shawnee Mission Early Childhood Education Center
Center for Academic Achievement
Broadmoor Administrative Center
Operations & Maintenance Center

2017 Awardees

SealGreen ReUse Concrete Sealing
Tradewind Energy, Inc.
Unity Church of Overland Park
Vestcom New Century

Craig Sole Designs, Inc.
Freightview, LLC
Hair Lovin’
InterUrban ArtHouse
L'Arche Green Express
nexus IT group, Inc.
Unique Finds Gifts
The Upper Crust Pie Bakery

Shawnee Mission East High School
Shawnee Mission North High School
Shawnee Mission South High School
Shawnee Mission West High School
Indian Hills Middle School
Indian Woods Middle School
Westridge Middle School
Apache Innovation School
Belinder Elementary School
Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School
Briarwood Elementary School
Brookridge Elementary School
Brookwood Elementary School
Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
Comanche Elementary School
Corinth Elementary School
Crestview Elementary School
Highlands Elementary School
John Diemer Elementary School
Mill Creek Elementary School
Nieman Elementary School
Oak Park-Carpenter Elementary School
Overland Park Elementary School
Pawnee Elementary School
Prairie Elementary School
Ray Marsh Elementary School
Rhein Benninghoven Elementary School
Rising Star Elementary School
Rosehill Elementary School
Sunflower Elementary School
Tomahawk Elementary School
Trailwood Elementary School
Westwood View Elementary School

Mission Trail Elementary School
Timber Creek Elementary School

2016 Awardees

Downtown Overland Park Partnership
Go Green Granite
Johnson County Community College
The Land Source
Lifted Logic
MARCK Recycling
Ten Thousand Villages