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Certified Partners

Johnson County Government have awarded their 2019 Certified Green Partners. This year 8 businesses, 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:

  1. REinvest in their company, community, economy and future.
  2. REthink their business process, how they manage resources and purchasing power.
  3. REduce consumption, waste and their environmental impact.
  4. REuse products and consciously buy reusables.
  5. REcycle as a last resort and buy recycled products to support a closed-loop system.

2019 AWARDEES

Business & Organizations

Atmos Energy
This natural gas distributor located in Olathe, has recently expanded their recycling and waste reduction efforts. Atmos has successfully added a recycling container, and has also added recycle bins in both the office and warehouse areas; collecting cardboard, paper, and plastic bottles. In addition, the recycle their shredded documents, and left over food from company meals are donated to a local Salvation Army food bank.

bijin salon and spa
Located in Prairie Village, this salon and spa were already making efforts to recycle, but wanted to do more. With the help of Johnson County, bijin are looking to start composting hair clippings, began purchasing green janitorial products, and started a battery recycling program through the Big Green Box. New employees are also briefed on environmental efforts during orientation to ensure that everyone is on board.

Integrative Health Providers, Finan Chiropractic, & Lifestyle Massage 
Located in Lenexa, this healthcare facility initially included no recycling options for collecting appropriate materials. Johnson County staff worked with this location to add recycling bins and signs. Waste reduction efforts also include composting of scrap food, commingled and glass recycling options, water bottle refilling stations; they even reduced paper towel use by switching to clothe towels. 

Kindred
This small boutique located in Oak Park Mall, has worked hard to revamp their recycling and waste reduction programs. Previously, employees would put recyclable's in their cars and drive them to a recycling center, now they work with a local company called L'Arche to provide recycling pickup. They also reduced their paper usage by going to more reusable and durable options, work with vendors to reuse plastic packaging and hangers, and have greatly reduced their usage of disposable drink cups.

Rimann Liquors
Rimann Liquors has two different locations being honored this year, one in Lenexa and one in Prairie Village. To increase recycling efforts, the Lenexa location sponsors a recycling bin that they allow connecting businesses to utilize. Both locations fully take advantage of cardboard recycling and also allow customers to reuse boxes before recycling them. The stores even offer collection boxes for natural cork recycling, which then go to ReCork for recycling. Going beyond recycling, Rimann also has reused old wine barrels and used them to develop display tables for wine tastings.

Training Umbrella
Located in Overland Park, Training Umbrella offers training room rentals and more. They have worked to expand their recycling efforts by adding paper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans to the cardboard that was already being recycled. Going beyond recycling, Training Umbrella has found was to reuse materials for use in their building, this includes a conference table made out of reclaimed wood. 

Village Cooperative of Shawnee
This senior living community located in Shawnee have worked with Johnson County staff to add recycling bins to all communal spaces and to the fifty three units on the property. Education efforts have also been used to communicate to members what can and can't go in their recycle bins. Members have access to composting bins and use the compost in the garden areas. Members also collect glass which is then taken to a nearby Ripple Glass bin for recycling. Bike rakes were also installed for members that want to bike. 

Schools

Lenexa Hills Elementary
Johnson County has worked with the Shawnee Mission School District for many years to develop and maintain recycling and composting programs at the schools and district offices. Lenexa Hills Elementary is the newest addition to that group. The main component of their waste reduction efforts is the collection of food and paper waste from the cafeteria that is then composted; recycling is also collected in the cafeteria. In addition the school also properly disposes of all its electronic waste, and has several bike rakes available to students who ride their bike to school.

Honorable Mention Partner

Gurdwara Nanak Darbar Sahib Temple
Located in Olathe, this temple has really ramped up their waste reduction and recycling efforts. While working with Johnson County they have added recycling in key communal areas, with the bins being collected by L'Arche. Other sustainability efforts are currently being discussed, and they look forward to starting them soon.  

2018 AWARDEES

2017 AWARDEES

2016 AWARDEES

 

Get Certified

The Green Business Program is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free education and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses, schools, and places of worship in Johnson County. The primary goals of this program are to decrease waste, increase recycling, improve energy efficiency, and ultimately save your organization money and resources.

Your organization may be eligible for up to $500 in materials to support your waste diversion projects.
Funds are limited, contact Kalenna Coleman to learn more: 913.715.6981

Five Steps to becoming Certified:

  1. Get Started -- SIGN UP NOW!!
    We have a team of experienced waste reduction experts who will get you on the path to becoming Certified. Find out what you can do to save money and resources. Fill out this form to sign up for our Green Business Program.

  2. Waste Walk-Through
    Schedule a FREE waste walk-through with our expert team. This is a non-invasive facility tour where our staff will ask questions about your current practices and identify areas for efficiency, recycling, and cost savings.

  3. Implement Recommendations: Following your waste walk-through, our team will provide you with resources and recommendations for greening your business. You can then select recommendations that work for you; implement and save. We will be there to help you along the way.

  4. Track Savings
    We highly recommend that you track the strategies that you implement and their impact, so you can see the difference your efforts are making. You can also brag about the savings to your coworkers and customers.

  5. Get Certified!
    Become Certified: By meeting minimum qualifications you become eligible for certification and, if approved, will also be recognized at our annual Certification Reception. Not to mention the reduction in waste, disposal costs, increased efficiency, and hopefully cost savings you will experience along the way.

For more information contact Kalenna Coleman at 913.715.6981

Johnson County staff will connect you with other area resources, commit to supporting you in further improvements and to lend assistance in overcoming technical issues and challenges.

 

Sign Up Now

Whether you're a restaurant or school, retail or a manufacturer we can help you green your business. Can recycling work for you, are you interested in zero waste, or how to start a Green Team? No matter your starting point we can help your business or organization achieve your goals and be recognized as a Green Business Certified Partner. 

 

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