Downtown OP Sustainability Efforts

Committed Downtown Overland Park business owners, employees, city and county representatives and community volunteers are hard at work to preserve and protect natural resources, reduce waste and support innovative conservation initiatives.

Through a partnership with Johnson County Health & Environmental Services, a number of area businesses have completed the R5 Certification Program, a voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free education and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses, schools and places of worship in Johnson County.

The R5 Certification Program addresses the "3 R's" and beyond to make the biggest possible environmental impact. Certified R5 Partners excel in the following five areas:

  • REinvest in your company, community, economy and future.
  • REthink your business process, how you manage your resources and your purchasing power.
  • REduce consumption, waste and your environmental impact.
  • REuse products and consciously buy reusables.
  • REcycle as a last resort and buy recycled products to support a closed-loop system.

We are excited to announce the following R5 Certified Program businesses in Downtown OP:

  • | encapsulates a communications philosophy developed over decades by interactive media and marketing professionals. The platform is designed to improve your effectiveness in sales, marketing, training, and client support communications by equipping your teams with an engaging and interactive mobile app.
  • Craig Sole Designs | Craig Sole Designs creates beautiful floral designs supporting local growers who share their compassion for the environment. Their vendors consolidate orders, reuse shipping boxes and use paperless accounting systems. Their artistic event decor is often repurposed or upcycled materials, giving it the unique look and feel their clients want.

  • Downtown Overland Park Partnership | DOPP has increased the use of sustainable office products including green cleaning, compostable coffee cups, lids and sleeves and copy paper made from wheat and sugarcane waste. Recycling bins are available for public use at all Downtown events.

  • Freightview, LLC | Freightview specializes in booking, tracking and analyzing shipments and has created an office space with a small environmental footprint. They've eliminated bottled water, expanded recycling and carefully chosen vendor and products to support local businesses and keep waste to a minimum.

  • InterUrban ArtHouse | The ArtHouse collaborates with artists and creative industries that find innovative ways to repurpose and redesign materials. The ArtHouse also works with six area schools, encouraging students to look at "trash" differently. This like-minded group supports other non-profits and local businesses who value sustainability.

  • InterUrban Lofts | The InterUrban Lofts is a mixed-use property located just 1 1/2 blocks from the richly historic center of downtown Overland Park, Kansas. The InterUrban Lofts features 41 rental apartments, 7,500 sq. ft. of class A office space and a 53 car underground garage with assigned, heated and secured parking for residents.

  • L'Arche Heartland Green Express Studio | In addition to being R5 certified, L'Arche is a recycling partner, particularly to the business community of Downtown Overland Park. The Green Express provides curbside recycling to businesses for a small, tax-deductible donation. This non-profit supports adults with intellectual and development disabilities and providing recycling is a meaningful work opportunity.

  • nexus IT group, Inc. | nexus specializes in IT staff recruiting and runs a lean office, environmentally speaking. The company's purchasing policy ensures their products contain sustainable attributes and their vendors recycle responsibly and everyone is working together to close the loop.

  • Ten Thousand Villages | Ten Thousand Villages Overland Park is a fair trade retailer that creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships. Ten Thousand Villages creates minimal waste and focuses on responsible purchasing of sustainable, compostable and recyclable materials.

  • Unique Finds Gifts | Unique Finds works with local and global artisans to sell their handmade goods, generating a livable wage for those artists. Often times, these products are designed from found materials, such as scrap metal and wood. Unique Finds educates their staff, patrons and community partners about purchasing sustainable products with a purpose.

  • The Upper Crust Pie Bakery | This neighborhood bakery's operation is thoughtfully designed to have almost zero waste - everything is either recyclable or compostable - the only trash to speak of is disposable gloves. The bakery shares their composting services with other merchants and, as a result, a 2nd trash dumpster was eliminated in Downtown Overland Park.

Organizations interested in becoming R5 Certified can apply online.

Downtown Overland Park is dedicated to providing opportunities to recycle throughout the year; please visit our Earth Day and America Recycles Day pages for additional information.