Workforce development program to maintain and monitor 230 constructed green infrastruce installations.
Bridging The Gap manages a local workforce development program called GREEN STEWARDS, which is designed to support the City of Kansas City, Missouri in day-to-day maintenance and monitoring of 230 constructed green infrastructure installations in the areas served by the combined sewer system.
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Providing a pool of skilled maintenance workers
We work with area nonprofits to develop a pool of skilled maintenance workers to hire from at-risk communities in Kansas City. In addition to providing problem-free maintenance for designated green stormwater infrastructure sites, the program focuses on the development of the Stewards’ skills in green infrastructure and landscape maintenance to develop qualifications for long-term employment in those fields. The Stewards are provided a supportive and collegial working atmosphere with diverse training opportunities.
A Smarter, Greener Future for KCMO
Kansas City’s green infrastructure installations are designed to reduce stormwater runoff as a part of the KC Smart Sewer program. In 2010, the City of Kansas City, Missouri entered into a Consent Decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the volume and frequency of overflows from the City’s sewer system. Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program is a 25-year plan to address this challenge.