Dec 14, 2009    #142
Contact: Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592

UMKC Urban Planning and Design students present recommendations for Green Impact Zone

Presentation takes place Dec. 16

Students from the third-year urban planning and design studio in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design (AUPD) will present recommendations for Kansas City's Green Impact Zone. Part of a broader initiative led by the Mid-America Regional Council, the students' research will help inform the planning process. The presentation will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.

While developing an understanding of the area's historical development, students surveyed homes and other structures in the zone's five neighborhoods - Blue Hills, Town Fork Creek, Manheim Park, Troostwood and Ivanhoe. Each team will present the results of their survey research and analysis, as well as recommendations for neighborhood conservation and historic preservation.

Proposed by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, the Green Impact Zone initiative will work to strengthen neighborhoods, create jobs and improve energy efficiency. The initiative includes housing rehab and weatherization programs, community policing and services, job training and placement and health and wellness programs - all built around a comprehensive neighborhood outreach program focused on sustainability.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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