Protecting Overland Park’s Environment

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.

We challenge you to be a green neighbor both at home, and at your business, through energy conservation, pollution reduction, recycling, and more.

This page provides information about how Overland Park residents and business owners can help the environment.

Healthy Yards

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.

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.


Conserving Energy

Reducing your energy consumption is a simple way to save money and reduce your environmental impact.

Find ways to reduce energy by

  • Conducting an energy audit
  • Adding insulation and sealing air leaks in your home
  • Finding efficient lighting solutions
  • Installing energy-efficient appliances
  • Using renewable heating and cooling ideas from the Environmental Protection Agency

Gardens and Landscaping

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

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.

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

Energy Consumption at City Facilities

The City of Overland Park monitors energy consumption at its facilities, including City Hall, other City offices, all police and fire stations, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, both golf courses, and other recreational buildings. In total, staff monitors electricity, natural gas, and water use from 24 buildings.

The City uses consumption reports to make informed decisions about managing current energy use. Monthly reports are also available to the public.

This information interfaces with the EnergyStar Portfolio Manager, which provides benchmarking for energy consumption. Currently, City Hall meets the profile for EnergyStar scores as it relates to buildings nationwide.

Additional information on the EnergyStar Portfolio Manager is available at