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Commitment to Sustainability for a Healthier Kansas City

Release Date: 01/28/2008
Contact Information: Kim Olson, (913) 551-7458,

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(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 28, 2008) - Nine local, state and federal entities will sign a "Commitment to Sustainability" on Wednesday that launches a partnership to carry out Sustainable Skylines, an initiative aimed at bringing cleaner air to the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Sustainable Skylines Initiative is a joint venture that will include short-term projects that have long-term environmental, economic and social benefits for the community. EPA is investing $225,000 for this Kansas City area initiative.

John Askew, EPA Region 7 administrator

Mark Funkhouser, mayor, Kansas City, Mo.
Joe Reardon, mayor, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.
Annabeth Surbaugh, chairman, Johnson County Board of Commissioners
Mike Deggendorf, vice president of public affairs, Kansas City Power and Light

Signing of the Commitment to Sustainability

Project displays and media availability

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

North Kansas City High School, Norclay Building
2601 Howell St., Kansas City, MO 64116
(Please contact Kim Olson for parking information.)

The nine partners that will sign the agreement are:
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.
  • Johnson County, Kan.
  • Mid-America Regional Council
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 (Kansas City, Kan.)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation

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