RESOLUTION NO. 970959
Expressing the desire of the Council that all City
departments implement recommendations of the Mid-America Regional Council's Air
Quality Forum for reducing air pollution.
WHEREAS, the Kansas City region violated Federal
Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone on several occasions during the sum of
1995, thereby triggering the requirement for additional actions to prevent the
recurrence of high ozone levels this summer and in the future; and
WHEREAS, the Mid-America Regional Council's Air
Quality Forum has developed Heartland Sky, a program of voluntary, no- or
low-cost measures which reduce ozone pollution; and
WHEREAS, many of these measures have the added
benefits of conserving energy and resources; and
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City is and should be a
leader in environmental management, and the City's Environmental Management
Commission has requested that the City set an example for other public and
private entities in changing behaviors and practices to produce cleaner air for
the continued public health and economic well-being of the metropolitan region;
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That the City manager be directed to
work with all City departments to implement voluntary actions to reduce air
pollution, including but not limited to:
Operating practices on Red Alert Days
a. Postpone mowing of parks and gold courses.
b. Postpone mowing of public rights of way.
c. Postpone refueling of City vehicles until
evening, avoid topping off gas tanks,
and avoid refueling at all if fuel tank is over half
d. Postpone work activities involving paints,
solvents, cleaning fluids, and other
volatile organic compounds.
e. Postpone work activities involving use of
small two-stroke engines.
f. Postpone field trips where possible.
Operating practices, seasonal or year-round
g. Keep engines of vehicles and equipment
well tuned and operating properly.
h. Avoid idling engines more than one minute.
I. Encourage use of flex-time or staggered
hours to reduce total commuting
and/or avoid late afternoon work.
j. Permit telecommuting.
Information and outreach
k. Provide information about Heartland Sky to
employees through internal
newsletters, payroll inserts, bulletin boards, and
electronic mail networks.
l. Distribute public transit Ozone Alert
Cards to all employees, and publicize
ongoing programs to promote transit use by City
m. Encourage ride-sharing and provide
incentives such as preferential parking
for carpool drivers.
n. Encourage employees to walk to lunch, to
postpone errands which require
driving, and to avoid drive-thru services.
o. Encourage all City employees to observe at
least one personal all-transit day,
or at least one day without driving, during the
ozone season, June 1 through September 15.
p. Provide information about Heartland Sky to
residents through City sponsored
media such as cable television, internal and
neighborhood newsletters, electronic bulletin boards, and Internet home
Section 2. That the City Manager report to the
Council by November 1 on all voluntary actions implemented by the City to reduce
air pollution and improve long-term air quality.