City of Independence EcoFest
The City of Independence hosts an annual EcoFest. The June festival provides an opportunity for children and adults to see displays with an environmental theme.
Exhibitors will provide information about the importance of water quality, local watersheds, stormwater management, and conservation. There will be games, contests, interactive information booths, and entertainment.
Make plans to come support what will be a very important and fun event for our community!
ENERGY STAR® Partnership
The City of Independence Power and Light (IPL) is an official ENERGY STAR Partner. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. ENERGY STAR provides a powerful platform for utilities, state agencies, and other organizations implementing energy efficiency programs.
IPL has several programs that promote ENERGY STAR standards, including the New Homes Program with ENERGY STAR, the residential and commercial rebate programs, and the residential loan program.
Independence Farmers Markets
Buying local produce is one way to be green while helping the local economy. Independence operates two Farmers Markets.
The Independence Farmers and Craft Market is open 5 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays from May through October and Wednesdays from June through October, in the parking lot at Truman Road & Main Street.
The Hartman Heritage Community Market operates from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays from June through October. It's located between World Market and Dress Barn west of Little Blue Parkway.
Only locally grown quality produce and handmade crafts by sellers who reside within a 75-mile radius of Independence are allowed.
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Green your new or existing home projects! The City of Independence Community Development Department and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) offers great tips for your green home.
Additional home improvements and home toolkits are also located at your finger tips through our "For Residents" web page.
Online Paperless Services
Paper production, processing, and distribution increases business costs. The City is working to encourage energy efficiency by reducing paper consumption. The City now offers many online paperless services that are quickly accessible and simple to use.
List of Online Paperless Services
Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department is converting several areas of mowed grass back to native prairie grasses and wildflowers. It's also creating rain gardens and butterfly gardens.
These and other projects reduce the amount of time spent mowing and trimming, reduce gas consumption and lower pollution levels while creating a more natural area for park users.
George Owens Nature Park provides opportunities for families to reconnect with nature through a variety of activities and programs.
The region's largest public transportation provider, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) works with the City of Independence Public Transportation Advisory Committee to provide public transportation for Independence citizens.
The KCATA website provides up-to-date maps and schedules, fares, and even an online trip planner.
Power and Light Energy Efficiency and "Green Energy"
The City of Independence Power and Light Department (IPL) continues to seek energy efficient and renewable energy options for residents. The IPL offers numerous programs to encourage energy efficiency, including rebates for high-efficient equipment. IPL also purchases green energy from the Smoky Hills Wind Farm located in Salina, Kansas. Additionally, the Power and Light Department participates in a Net Metering program, which allows customers to install a renewable energy generator to offset their electric rates.
The Purchasing Division formed a "Green Team" to create a Sustainability Policy to guide purchases made by and on behalf of the City of Independence.
The goal of the new policy is to reduce the adverse environmental impact of our purchasing decisions by buying goods and services from manufacturers and vendors who share our commitment to the environment.
The Division also reissues used computer equipment that no longer meets the needs of the original user, but functions well for another department.
Recycling in the City
Recycling has become an integral part of society. The City of Independence is developing, providing and supporting programs for our citizens. The City's two recycling facilities now accept electronics, computers, appliances and lawn and garden equipment.
In 2009 alone, the City was able to recycle more than 1,460 tons of materials from city provided programs like our drop off centers, multiple drop off depot events, and the City's new commingled recycling program in conjunction with Abitibi-Bowater. In total through private entities, individuals, and the City's efforts we were able to divert more than 6,550 tons of materials from landfills in 2009. As impressive as that is, it still only amounts to about 14% of the total waste amount collected so we can still do more.
If you are interested in joining our efforts but need more information about what can be recycled and where you can take your recyclable items you can visit our Recycling Center page.
Tree City and Tree Line USA
The City of Independence has earned the designation of Tree City USA and Tree Line USA for over 9 years.
Tree City USA provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs. Independence has achieved this designation annually for nine years.
The Tree Line USA program promotes best practices in utility arboriculture and public education through three core standards: quality tree care, annual worker training, and tree planning and public education.
For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation's web site. To meet the qualifications of these designations, the City has a Tree Commission. For information about serving on the Tree Commission visit the City Clerk's web site
Unified Development Ordinance
The Community Development Department recently created a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) which was adopted by the Planning Commission and City Council.
The UDO applies to all development in the City and incorporates several green aspects, including articles addressing solar and wind energy systems; natural resource preservation; and open space conservation.
Wastewater Pollution Control
The City's Wastewater Pollution Control (WPC) Department educates citizens about how to prevent pollution. Pollution can occur from pet waste, our cars, our yards, and other sources that you may not know about.
Visit WPC's website for more information about pollution control programs including the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Pollution Prevention tips, Public Education, and Household Hazardous Waste.
Water conservation is a cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. Conservation of water will allow us to extend our supplies further, and protects various bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. Saving water also saves energy! There are many effective ways to conserve water around your home and at work.
Need some starter tips? The City of Independence Water Department is dedicated to the cause and provides excellent and insightful resources such as suggestion and guides.