Yesterday the local office of the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was moving its Midwest office from Downtown KCK to an environmentally hostile location at 113th and Renner on the southwest fringe of the metro area.
While the EPA touts the new building’s green credentials of energy and water efficiency, it conveniently neglects to mention the environmental impacts of transportation and land use. Transportation is the number one source of pollution and green house gases in Kansas City. This building has virtually no transit service, no nearby bicycle lanes, and is beyond walking distance of any residential neighborhoods. The vast majority of EPA employees will now have to drive to work, a stark contrast from their current location with multiple transit options and the adjacent Riverfront Heritage Trail.
Over the last two years the federal government has worked hard to connect departments dealing with transportation, housing, land use, and the environment in order to make sure federal policies are promoting sustainable development and re-development. The local EPA just gave a big F.U. to all of that.