Kansas City Green Neighborhood Recognition Program applications due Monday

Applications are due Monday night for the 2014 Kansas City Green Neighborhood Recognition Program.

The program recognizes those in Jackson County who are doing their part to be more environmentally friendly.

The Pendleton Heights Neighborhood, just off Independence Avenue, won a silver award in 2013 for their efforts.

In some ways when you drive through the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood you feel like you are living in the past. They're planting a historic orchard with trees common in the 1800s. They also have shared chicken coops and community gardens built on vacant, overgrown lots.

At the end of the harvest they have a community picnic or donate the fruits and veggies to an area homeless shelter.

Also in Pendleton Heights, they've started a bicycle compost program and scooter club.

Kristin Johnson lives in the Pendleton heights neighborhood and says she loves working alongside her neighbors for the greater good.

"It makes me feel really proud,” she said. “It's fun when people ask me about my neighborhood. They seem to be constantly surprised about all the things we do here."

The KC Green Neighborhood Program is one of the only initiatives of its kind in the country. Started last summer, city staff recognize sustainable neighborhoods at platinum, gold and silver levels.

Neighborhood applications are due Monday at 5 p.m.

Colleen Doctorian, a spokesperson for Kansas City reads through all of the applications.

"I was very blown away last year with all the creative projects the neighborhoods had done, like neighborhood Wi-Fi, five-year green plans,” she said. “So I'm sure I'll be just as surprised this year with the plans neighborhoods come up with.”

For more information about the 2014 Kansas City Green Neighborhood Recognition Program, click here.

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