One of Johnson County Government’s core values is stewardship – the idea that individually and collectively, we are building a better community today and for future generations. This means the county takes seriously its responsibility to protect the economic, environmental and human resources it has been given. Across county government, departments are taking the initiative to make our operations more efficient, effective and sustainable; like the old scout saying, we intend to leave the county better than we found it for generations to come.
Efforts are ongoing to improve the sustainability of our own business practices, the buildings we operate and the communities we serve. The county also offers a variety of services to help residents and businesses create sustainable practices in their own lives.
- U.S. Green Building Council Announces Johnson County Government, Kansas, to Join the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program
- Two classes of electric bikes now allowed on JCPRD trails
- Community Health Assessment shared with new campaign
- BOCC approves dust control cost sharing program
- Johnson County celebrates big energy wins on Energy Efficiency Day
County Tools and Services
Many departments in Johnson County Government provide tools and services that can help you improve the sustainability of your home or business. Check out the links below for a list of services.
Air Quality: Indoor
Many people are surprised to learn that there are very few federal, state or local regulations regarding indoor air quality (IAQ), whether it is in the home or the workplace. Although IAQ may not be regulated, we try to provide you with the information and guidance necessary on how to best proceed with indoor air problems.
Contact Phone: 913-715-6900
Food Policy Council
The mission of the Johnson County Food Policy Council is to improve the health and well-being of individuals, the community and our environment through a just, equitable and sustainable food system in Johnson County.
Contact Phone: 913-477-8325
Green Business Program
Our staff can help your organization establish a recycling or composting program. Approved entities can receive up to $500 in supplies such as bins, etc. We offer technical assistance, educational tools, and training for staff. Contact us today.
Contact Phone: 913-715-6938
Learn more about the Green Business Program.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update
Johnson County is committed to maximizing the economic, environmental and societal benefits of its operations within the community and has undertaken a comprehensive sustainability program that addresses topics ranging from air quality and energy efficiency to recycling and water resources. As part of its commitment to operating in a more sustainable manner, the County has adopted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a resolution in December 2007 establishing the following goals:
Contact Phone: 913-715-6923
Learn more about the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Safely dispose of those unwanted household chemicals such as paint, motor oil, cleaners and much more. This service is a FREE service for Johnson County residents only.
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension
The Johnson County branch of the K-State University Research and Extension office provide research based information on a wide range of topics including: 4H/Youth Development, Crops and Livestock, Lawn and Garden, Natural Resources and much more. They also host several classes and events each year.
Contact Phone: 913-715-7000
Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan
The Climate Action Plan, was developed by Climate Action KC, the Mid-America Regional Council, and hundreds of interested community member, stakeholders and decision-makers. The plan includes strategies that will help mitigate climate change by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and adapt to and bounce forward from the many risks climate change poses.
Learn more about the Climate Action Plan
Parks and Recreation: Natural Resources Management Plan
Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) is committed to maintaining the health and diversity of our natural resources through active and responsive stewardship. Of the 10,000 managed by the park district, 8,700 acres are natural areas.
Contact Phone: 913-438-7275
Learn more about the Natural Resource Management Plan
Park and Recreation: Trail Guide
The JCPRD Trail Guide of hiking and biking trails in Johnson County, is available at all JCPRD facilities.
Learn more about JCPRD trails.
Not sure what can and cannot go in your recycle bin, our Recycling 101 page answers that question. Find out what materials are accepted in your curbside recycle bin. For materials that aren't accepted curbside, find out other recycling options.
Contact Phone: 913-715-6936
Learn more about Recycling 101