Sustainable Initiatives
Sustainable Initiatives

    The City of Shawnee is committed to environmental sensitivity and the pursuit of sustainability. Below are some of the major ongoing projects undertaken by the City in this area.

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        The City has 30 miles of trails maintained by the Park and Recreation Department helping Shawnee be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

        The Parks and Recreation Department works hard to receive the Tree City USA distinction. 2013 is the City’s 16th Year of recognition.

        The Park's recycling program continues to be a success. Many of these recycling containers were made from reused paint striping cans from Public Works. Not only are many parks equipped with recycling containers, but Shawnee events have recycling containers available.

        All urinals in Shawnee parks and pool bathhouses have been converted to waterless urinals and all park bathrooms have been upgraded to have energy efficient lighting. West Flanders Park was recently upgraded to have solar lighting.

        Parks and Recreation received a National Recreational Trails Grant in 2010 to purchase an electric vehicle that is used for trail maintenance and at special events. The Civic Center, Shawnee Town 1929, and the Parks Maintenance Shop were three facilities that received funding for energy efficient upgrades from the City’s Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant from the Department of Energy.

        Not only does Parks and Recreation implement sustainable practices in their operations, but they offer programs to residents to become more sustainable. Some of these programs include rain barrel classes and composting classes. Parks and Recreation also runs the City’s Farmers’ Market.
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