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Sustainable Environment

Community sustainability aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to live and prosper. Climate trends suggest that in the next 50 years, Missouri will experience increased precipitation, hotter summers, and more severe weather events. Such change can damage infrastructure, disrupt services, drain resources, and impact a City’s ability to respond to emergencies.

Sustainable communities can be described as places where:

  • The needs of everyone in the community are met, and people feel safe and secure
  • The environment is appreciated, protected, and enhanced
  • Energy, water, and natural resources are used thoughtfully and efficiently
  • Healthy food, clean water, clean air, and community resources are accessible to all

We understand that economic, environmental, and social issues are interrelated and should be addressed holistically. Resourceful efforts will be made to ensure sustainability and resiliency through the City’s ability to respond, adapt, and thrive in the face of environmental, social, and economic changes.

Critical Questions:

  • How can our community effectively balance economic, social, cultural, and environmental interests to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs?
  • How do we plan for the impacts of climate change in the Comp Plan?
  • How do we continue to provide a clean, safe and reliable water system?
  • How do we continue to provide reliable, sustainable wastewater and stormwater systems that protect water quality, public health and property from damage?
  • How do we ensure that outdoor air quality is healthy for all segments of the community?
  • How can we manage the use of land to minimize environmental impacts on human health and priority waterways?
  • How do we increase energy efficiency?
  • What are the air quality issues specific to Lee’s Summit, Eastern Jackson County and the Kansas City region?
  • How do we reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the following sources: energy, transportation, wastewater system, water system, solid waste and other community-wide sources?
  • How can we reduce pollutants from the stormwater system?
  • How can we reduce pollutants discharged from the wastewater system?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges associated with the closing of the landfill?
  • What additional programs and policies are needed to reduce resource consumption and increase waste diversion?

Through our Ignite Comprehensive Planning Efforts, we will explore how to:

  • Balance economic, social, cultural, and environmental interests
  • Minimize the impacts of climate change
  • Continue to provide resilient and reliable community services

The Ignite Foresight Hub will provide important information and potential strategies to help the community answer these questions.

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