What Strategies is Kansas City Using to Address Sustainable Infrastructure?
The Council Goal for Infrastructure and Transportation is: To strengthen the transportation system and the City's physical infrastructure in ways that enhance connectivity among neighborhoods, business centers, and cultural/recreational destinations while maintaining the City's standing as the major American crossroads.
Below are the objectives from the current Citywide Business Plan that outlines the specific strategies that the city is pursuing that relate to strengthening sustainable infrastructure. These objectives provide insight into the departments that are involved and the actions that are being taken
Overflow Control Program
Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System
The City is in the process of training staff on using the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System. In the future the Envision system will be used to rate all infrastructure planning and projects to maximize sustainable development solutions.
The purpose of Envision is to foster a dramatic and necessary improvement in the performance and resiliency of our physical infrastructure across the full spectrum of sustainability. Envision provides the framework and incentives needed to initiate this systemic change. As a planning and design guidance tool, Envision provides industry-wide sustainability metrics for all infrastructure types.
Overview of Envision
- A holistic sustainability rating system for all types and sizes of civil infrastructure
- Guide for making more informed decisions about the sustainability of projects
- Framework of criteria and performance objectives to help project teams identify sustainable approaches during planning, design, construction, and operation
- Optional third-party verification and award for recognizing project achievements
Benefits of Envision
Using the Envision rating system to guide development will produce infrastructure with:
- Long-term livability
- Lower cost
- Few negative impacts on the community
- Potential to save owners money over time
- Credibility of a third-party rating system
All Council priorities, including those in the area of Public Infrastructure, are discussed at KCStat Meetings, which are public meetings held at City Hall and moderated by the Mayor and City Manager. Anyone from the public may attend, or follow the discussion via Twitter (#kcstat). Videos of KCStat meetings and meeting documents are archived online and can be accessed at kcmo.gov/kcstat/. A list of past and future KCStat meetings for Public Infrastructure is below.