UMKC’s commitment to sustainability is visible across the entire campus. The new Student Union and Herman and Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall are state-of-the-art green buildings. Sustainable gardening is encouraged at three rain gardens and a student-led community garden, and the Student Union and Miller Nichols Library (MNL) have rooftop gardens. The Hub bicycle repair center helps keep students mobile. Students and the community can stay informed through the Recycling-on-the-Go educational kiosk, and can use the solar recycling center east of the MNL. We even reused timbers from the old bleachers at Swinney Recreation Center.  To learn more about UMKC’s Office of Sustainability view this video

Use the Green Features Map tour of all UMKC’s green initiatives the next time you are on campus and see for yourself!

Through leadership, collaboration and action, the university will continue to achieve its sustainability goals.

2016 Goals

Here are the top 5 goals for 2016:

1. Community
a. Support the expansion of the Kansas City street car
b. Better educate the Faculty, Staff, and Students on sustainability projects by using  posters, social media, and orientation
c. Partner with academia for the greater Kansas City sustainability to attract students and bring the community into campus

2. Energy
a. LED Lighting
b. Solar Panels

3. Recycling and Waste Reduction
a. Increase Composting
b. Enhance electronic recycling
c. One step active recycling database

4. Local Food Sourcing
a. Reintegrate UMKC Community Garden
b. Local and sustainable food sourcing (tracked and reported)


2010-2015 Awards and Honors:

UMKC has become a leader in our urban community and in the Midwest region because of  advancing its Sustainability Initiatives and the hard work of the UMKC Sustainability Team.  Here’s a list of honors and awards:

  • Kansas City Industrial Council Sustainability Award for Energy 2015
  • STARS Silver Rating 2014 v102 and 2015 v.2
  • Recyclemania Grand Champion Award #1 2013 #2 2015 and 2015
  • Missouri Recycling Association Outstanding Program Award 2013 and 2014
  • Mid-America Regional Council Sustainable Success Stories for 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Top 100 Cool School by Sierra Club 2010-2015
  • Princeton Review Top Green Colleges 2013-2015
  • American School and University Magazine Green Cleaning Award 2011 Honorable Mention
  • Mid-America Regional Council 2011, 2013 and 2014 Top Sustainable Success Stories Honoree
  • Greenability Magazine Sept/Oct 2011 Issue-UMKC lead article on “Local Colleges Prepare Students for a Greener Future”
  • Bicycle Friendly University Honorable Mention 20110-2013 and Bronze Level 2014-2017
  •  Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District 2010
  • Outstanding Program Award
  •  Bridging The Gap Environmental Excellence Award 2006 Recycling Program
  • Re-think Re-do Re-new Umkc Partner