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.
This page provides information about how Overland Park residents and business owners can help the environment, and what the City is doing to minimize its environmental impact.
We challenge you to be a green neighbor both at home, and at your business, through energy conservation, pollution reduction, recycling, and more.
Reducing your energy consumption is a simple way to save money and reduce your environmental impact.
Find ways to reduce energy by
Recycle your used motor oil at a local collection center, and request re-refined motor oil when getting your oil changed.
Check your car regularly for oil and other automotive leaks.
Wash your car at a professional car wash where the runoff will be filtered, not at home where soap and excess dirt will make its way directly into a storm drain.
Pick up after your pet in your yard and when out for a walk to prevent pollution and waste runoff from entering the storm sewer.
Since pet waste is not fertilizer, the best location to dispose of pet waste is in the toilet or trash can.
Littering is unsightly, unsanitary, and illegal.
Trash that is thrown on the ground or blows out of containers often finds its way to streams or into the habitats of local animals.
Pick up trash or recycling you see on the ground, and dispose of them properly. Report littering via OPCares, the city’s online customer service system.
Conserving water is a simple way to reduce your environmental impact. Conserve water at home by
In Overland Park, to pass a pool inspection, swimming pools must have the proper sanitizer and pH levels.
Do not discharge pool water into storm sewers. Follow Johnson County’s guidelines for proper disposal of pool water.
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.
The plants in your backyard present an opportunity to contribute to the sustainability of Overland Park’s environment. Follow these best practices:
Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners provide residents gardening tips and suggestions on their free hotline.
Contact the master gardeners at 913-715-7050.
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.
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
The City of Overland Park is working to be a green neighbor as well. The following are City initiatives to create a lasting quality of life in our community.
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 energystar.gov.
Overland Park is restoring 10 acres of turf grass near the W. Jack Sanders Justice Center back to natural tallgrass prairie.
Native plants, like switchgrass, big bluestem, indian grass and coneflower have adapted to our climate, making them superior to other vegetation types in surviving in our region with minimal support.
This prairie restoration will help treat stormwater pollution and further improve downstream bodies of water in the Tomahawk Creek and Blue River Watersheds. Keep watch at at Sanders Justice Center as the prairie establishes.
Overland Park’s first floating wetland project is installed in the middle of South Lake.
Floating wetlands are buoyant structures that allow natural wetland plants to grow on the lake surface, absorbing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus.
The City hosts environmental restoration workdays with the goal to improve water quality, the cleanliness of streamside forests, and the recreational experience at City parks.
Workdays often include local neighbors, environmentally-minded residents, City staff and elected officials. Activities include planting native trees and removing invasive species from streamside forests. Recently, volunteers have held workdays at the following parks:
These events greatly improve the local ecology of the park, while also enhancing climate resilience and sustainability. For information on upcoming environmental restoration workdays, visit the Calendar + Events page.