As Kansas City’s premier urban research university, it’s vital that UMKC do its part to maintain a high quality of life in the city as we educate our future leaders and innovators. The university’s students, faculty and staff across all schools and departments are encouraged to make a commitment to sustainability.

UMKC Sustainability Team in partnership with UMKC Institutional Research completed a survey of students, faculty and staff assessing their knowledge and awareness of sustainability both on an off campus.  The results of the survey are included in the

Sustainability Survey Results 2013

Sustainability Survey Results 2015


UMKC adheres to new building energy standards developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
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Dining Services

Dining Services is doing their part to ensure a green campus by expanding their purchase of locally-grown foods, compostable dinnerware, cage-free eggs, implementing a composting program and more.
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The Voluntary Energy Management Group convened in February 2011 to continue to work toward the goal of creating an action plan and education program to reduce energy usage on campus and at home.
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From managing rain gardens and community gardens to planting and pruning trees to utilizing native grasses, the landscaping efforts are keeping the campus—and the environment—beautiful.
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Creating and implementing a comprehensive green purchasing policy will help reduce vendor packaging, endorse environmentally friendly products, increase buying of local foods and much more.
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The recycling program has advanced since it began in 2005 to include three major efforts: further development of the recycling program, expansion of the materials recycled, and a focus on waste reduction and reuse efforts.
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Sustainability Team

The Sustainability Team strives to provide the framework for environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation, emissions reductions and sustainability. The team acts as a resource to support and promote the university's environmental commitments and policies.
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The Hub

The Hub is UMKC's on-campus bicycle repair shop. Students involved in the Clean Commute program may have their bikes serviced for free, and personally-owned student, faculty and staff bikes can be serviced at low or no cost.
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We are proud to be the first U.S. university to operate zero-emission cargo truck on campus. The truck is used primarily to service our recycling programs on the Volker and Hospital Hill campuses.
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