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Environment

With spring flowers in bloom, now is as good a time as any to take extra measures to preserve the planet. As Earth Day approaches, Johnson County has several events to celebrate this Saturday, April 22. Some cities are organizing...
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen Oliver Hernandez’s front yard hums with plenty of bugs for the 12-year-old and his friends to find. “It’s kind of fun just knowing that there are lots of caterpillars in the yard,” he said. About a third of the...
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  It’s the perfect time of year to do birds and butterflies a solid — by killing an invasive, ornamental and all-too-common pear tree. This April and May, if you live in or near Kansas City and Topeka and...
Although Johnson County’s population grew by about 8% since 2013, its residents and county government have apparently become more efficient about using energy. According to a new study by the county department of health and environment, greenhouse gas emissions in...
Overland Park is ramping up efforts to remove thousands of ash trees in public right-of-ways in an attempt to thwart the spread of the emerald ash borer pest. But how should homeowners handle potentially infested ash trees on their private...
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  On a warm morning last April, several hundred people fanned out along a waterway in Kansas City. In the span of a few hours, they collected about 30 tons of garbage along the Blue River. The annual effort takes...
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  Rock salt saves lives by helping tires grip icy roads. It avoids broken bones when homeowners use it on slick sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. And in Kansas, one of the country’s top salt producers, rock salt generates...
By Savannah Hawley  The trees in the Kansas City area are beginning to produce peak fall foliage, but not all at the same time The routine of changing colors is dependent on the weather. A sudden burst of warm or cloudy...
Nearly two years after it opened, the new Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Olathe is on track to achieve a green-building certification for sustainability under the internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, design standards. This...
By Savannah Hawley When Terri Baugh first began planning an environmental fair for Johnson County two years ago, she knew she wanted the first-of-its-kind event to serve as many people as possible. “Everybody hears about climate action, but most families really...
Right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit more than two years ago, Terri Baugh, a member of Mission's sustainability commission, pitched the idea of cities in northeast Johnson County coming together to host an environmental fair. Dubbed Go Green, it was put...
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen Panasonic’s decision to build a $4 billion factory for electric vehicle batteries in Johnson County could help an industry struggling to ramp up while reeling from an ailing supply chain. The plant also underscores how an industry marketed...