This episode of Imagine KC will feature the region’s new Creating Sustainable Places” initiative. We’ll hear from HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, who sat down with us for a short interview following his March 24 announcement of the grant, to discuss what this opportunity means from a national perspective. Co-chairs Jan Marcason, City Council, Kansas City, MO, and Curt Skoog, City Council, Overland Park, KS, will talk about how the project will unfold and who’s involved. Local planning and sustainability experts will describe how focusing on strategies to develop sustainable corridors and activity centers, and advance new conservation efforts will result in a region that is more vibrant, connected and green.
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Episode 3 of Imagine KC focuses on creating and sustaining vibrant activity centers, and the critical role these community anchors play in the region’s Centers, Corridors and Conservation strategy. Stories explore a widespread desire to revitalize historic downtowns, develop more active centers in older bedroom suburbs and build new centers in emerging suburbs on greenfield sites. This episode of Imagine KC demonstrates the defining characteristics of different types of centers by highlighting regional examples and showing how quality urban design principles have been, and continue to be the key to creating our most beloved community places. We also explore some local government plans and ordinances that can help the region achieve its vision for a connected network of vibrant activity centers.
In short, this episode answers the questions: What does a vibrant community look like and what policies and actions can local communities use to guide the development of these centers?
This second episode will focus on the third C, Conservation, as we talk about energy efficiency and conservation in our built environment — the homes we live in, the buildings where we work, the schools we attend, even our city and county facilities.
By making our built environment more energy efficient and conserving energy, we save money, protect natural resources and create more attractive and comfortable places to live, work, learn and recreate. This episode will take a look at work that’s leading the way toward a more sustainable energy future for our region. We’ll explore the benefits of LEED-certified building practices in the public and private sectors, community weatherization initiatives to help residents save energy and money, and we’ll learn about new and exciting energy technologies designed to improve our homes and public services.
This episode will look at the successes of the Johnson County Sunset Buildings in Olathe; Posty Cards Plant in KCMO; JE Dunn Headquarters in downtown KCMO; and Project Living Proof .
Imagine KC has been generously funded by: Hall Family Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Garney Family Foundation Fund, ULI Kansas City, Lafarge, Inc. and the Kansas City Chapter of the AIA.