Johnson County Government have awarded their 2018 Certified Partners. This year 26 businesses, non-profits, and schools have been recognized for outstanding environmental achievements related to waste diversion, recycling, composting, purchasing sustainably, and more. Awardees met criteria in the following categories:
- REinvest in their company, community, economy and future.
- REthink their business process, how they manage resources and purchasing power.
- REduce consumption, waste and their environmental impact.
- REuse products and consciously buy reusables.
- REcycle as a last resort and buy recycled products to support a closed-loop system.
Of the 26 awardees, there are 5 businesses, 2 non-profits, 2 universities, 1 city government, and 16 schools in the Shawnee Mission School District.
Business & Organizations
City of Shawnee- City Hall
As the hub for city activity, Shawnee wanted their City Hall to lead the way in waste diversion not only for its residents, but for other city operations as well. From paperless court systems, eliminating paper coffee cups building-wide, to recycling their old traffic signal electronics, the City of Shawnee has shown the necessary leadership to affect positive change.
A small company with big priorities, CommandApp is committed to being a 95% digital company for themselves and their clients. Their office has shunned all disposable items in favor of durables, donated all unneeded office items during a recent move and purchased used items as replacements. A one trash can office is showing how modern business is done.
As a leader in the ingredients industry, Corbion is well positioned to understand organic waste. It’s not surprising then that incorporating food composting into their office waste diversion efforts is one of the first things you’ll notice. What’s not so obvious, but even more impactful, is their dedication to creating a sustainable supply chain for their agricultural raw materials.
It’s no surprise that education can be paper intensive. What is remarkable however is that Grantham University has cut office paper usage in half simply by changing default printer settings to duplex, requiring employee codes to retrieve print jobs and digitizing all employee paperwork. Grantham even changed their diplomas to meet more sustainable guidelines by adjusting the size and converting cardboard and linen materials.
Growing Futures Early Education Center
Growing Futures transitioned from no waste diversion to fully implementing recycling in all offices, classrooms and kitchen facilities. Going even further, all kitchen serve ware is now washable and reusable. Next on the list is working towards electronic filing of all files.
As a newly constructed apartment building, InterUrban Lofts got off on the right foot by designing a separate recycling chute in all trash rooms and providing recycling bins in all units. Switching from single-use disposable cups in the coffee bar area to durable mugs resulted in savings of $500 a year and further reduced their waste stream.
Intouch Solutions is a digital marketing agency dedicated to leading the way for its over 450 employees by making composting fully accessible to all at work. Intouch expects that dedication to carry over at home as well and provides monthly tips to continue their education.
Rise Against Hunger
The local office of Rise Against Hunger is one of 25 locations around the globe charged with packing meals for international hunger relief and is one of four pilot locations for its Go Green initiative. Warehouse recycling activities have diverted vast quantities of stretch wrap and cardboard and will soon target food ingredient bags from their suppliers.
University of Kansas-Edwards campus
Serving a diverse set of 2,000 students, 175 staff and over 75,000 conference center visitors makes for a complicated waste stream. Through strategic placement of over 100 recycling bins in offices, classrooms and common areas, KU Edwards Campus has already replaced one weekly trash pickup with an added recycling collection. In the spirit of collaboration and utilization of resources, KU Edwards has begun regularly hauling their glass to neighboring Johnson County Community College campus for recycling.
Restaurants are some of the most difficult waste generators to manage, and while Wiener Kitchen has implemented all the logical steps such as providing recycling to its guests, eliminating Styrofoam and emailing receipts, they’ve also been very innovative. Food preparation scraps are cooked into stock, juiced or used to cook staff meals and they take great pride in considering their kitchen zero waste.
SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT
The list of locations below represents the culmination of a multiyear commitment by Shawnee Mission School District to implement full-scale recycling in all facilities district wide and composting in all school cafeterias. To date, school efforts have achieved an average of 80% waste diversion and influenced behaviors of thousands of students.
- 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
- Swanahoe Elementary School
- Arrowhead Day School
- Shawnee Mission Early Childhood Education Center
- Center for Academic Achievement
- Broadmoor Administrative Center
- Operations & Maintenance Center
DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK:
SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT:
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 Bennginghoven Elementary School
Rising Star Elementary School
Rosehill Elementary School
Sunflower Elementary School
Tomahawk Elementary School
Trailwood Elementary School
Westwood View Elementary School