Photo courtesy of MARC

Mallory Herrmann

The City of Lee’s Summit was recognized as a sustainable success story by MARC (Mid-America Regional Council). The 2018 honor was in recognition of the city’s approach to green infrastructure implementation and how it supports the three pillars of sustainability: social equity, economic vitality and environmental stewardship.

In the description of the honor, MARC cited the city’s linear, open and landscaped roadway rainwater conveyance systems, rain gardens, natural right-of-way landscapes, and multifunctional rainwater detention basins.

Dena Mezger, director of public works, accepted the honor on behalf of the city. A ceremony was held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on Dec. 7.

Ten projects were recognized at the 2018 event. Emphasis was given to success stories that show how sustainability concepts can benefit infrastructure projects.

Success stories are shared for sustainable projects and initiatives within the nine counties in the MARC region: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray Counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

Such stories have been recognized since 2008 to help promote sustainability in the greater metro area. Honorees are acknowledged for “making a significant contribution to the Greater Kansas City Community’s efforts in becoming America’s green region.”

These projects were constructed within the city of Lee’s Summit by the city and/or private sector, and in some instances through a public/ private partnership.

Read more about the city’s success and all honorees at