Sustainability in Overland Park

Creating a resilient city that promotes economic growth, environmental protection and social well-being.

The City of Overland Park plans, builds, protects and preserves a lasting quality of life in Overland Park. That includes a variety of efforts and initiatives to ensure Overland Park is a sustainable city.

The City views sustainability as reflected in a simple model, consisting of three pillars: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and social sustainability. These three pillars are interrelated; sustained community well-being is not achievable without addressing all three.

Learn more about City initiatives creating a lasting quality of life in our community below.

Upcoming Environmental Events

Social Sustainability

Social sustainability helps create a City where people feel connected and provided with the resources they need to promote health and wellbeing.

OPCares

OPCares is a non-emergency reporting tool for common issues from repairs to noise complaints, and more. It also acts as a way to report discrimination to the City.

Municipal Equality Index Score

The Human Rights Campaign uses the MEI Score to examine municipal laws, policies, benefits, and services and determine how inclusive they are for LGBTQ+ people who live and work there. In 2023, Overland Park earned a perfect MEI score.

Neighborhood Indicators

The City gathers and reports neighborhood indicator data to evaluate programs and activities targeted in a specific area and to identify areas that may need additional attention or resources.

Volunteer

Help create a more sustainable city by volunteering at events throughout the year.

Volunteer Interest Form

Sustainable Yards

Green Lawn Care Tips

Taking simple steps in your yard can improve water quality. Help keep Overland Park’s landscape both beautiful and healthy by

Even “natural” materials like leaves or grass clippings should not be placed around creeks, ditches, or storm drains. These organic materials will not break down easily in storm drains. Consider grass cycling or composting your lawn clippings.

Gardens + Landscaping

The plants in your backyard present an opportunity to contribute to the sustainability of Overland Park’s environment. Follow these best practices:

  • Click here to see what’s native to Overland Park
  • Consider the ultimate size of the shrub or tree, and make sure it will have room to grow free from power lines, decks, or roof lines
  • Select trees approved for planting in the public right of way, which are chosen for their hardiness to our city’s environment

Help From Johnson County Extension

Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners provide residents gardening tips and suggestions on their free hotline.

Contact the master gardeners at 913-715-7050.

Stormwater Cost Share

Overland Park’s stormwater cost share program encourages residents and business owners to incorporate stormwater management strategies on their properties.

Learn more about projects that are eligible and how to get reimbursed.

Sustainable Construction

New development impacts the environment by reducing the number of natural areas and wildlife habitats in the community.

Adopting sustainable construction practices can help developers save money and minimize the effect of development on the environment. You can help by

Resources

Rake It or Leave It

What impact does yard waste have?

Yard waste can serve as a source of nutrients or a source of water pollution. How we dispose of yard waste impacts our environment.

Mulched leaves and grass clippings add valuable nutrients to your lawn and save money. Decaying yard waste near bodies of water can harm wildlife and smother vegetation.

Overland Park Municipal Code 7.58 prohibits the disposal of yard waste near bodies of water or on roads.

A Guide for Overland Park Pet Owners

Pet waste left on lawns or streets does not break down or fertilize the grass. Pet waste washes into storm drains, ditches and lakes, traveling miles through the water. Harmful bacteria in pet waste can contaminate the water, making it unfit for human contact.

Protect local waterways by avoiding the following activities:

  • Putting pet waste in storm drain inlets,
  • Leaving pet waste on the lawn,
  • Throwing pet waste out in the woods,
  • And rinsing pet waste from kennel floors directly on the ground.

Instead, adopt these best practices:

  • Always clean up after your pet,
  • Take advantage of the complimentary waste bags offered at parks and along greenways,
  • Carry extra bags when walking your pet, and offer extra bags to owners who are without their own bags.
Only Rain Down the Drain

Did you know our storm drains lead directly to our streams and lakes?

Contaminants dumped on yards, curbs and streets all flow to stormwater drains.

Find more information on how to dispose of hazardous waste like paint, yard chemicals, oil and other automotive fluids on the Johnson County website.