Katie Killen is the assistant city manager for the city of Shawnee, Kansas. Her work for the city involves solid waste, recycling and sustainability. In this interview, Katie answers questions about a city’s role in helping the public become better at recycling.
1. What are 4 things that anyone can do right now to be a better recycler?
Katie: Make it easy for yourself. If there is a way to fit it into your routine take advantage of it.
- Put a recycling can next to your trash can .
- Put a glass recycling container in a spot you will remember to take it with you, and make drop off part of the routine .
- Pin a reminder in an easy to find place to remember what can go curbside at your home.
- When in doubt on where take something, then check out recyclespot.org, a regional resource on recycling in the Kansas City area.
2. Name some things that happen inside of the City of Shawnee’s offices that impacts the environment.
Katie: We have a City-wide recycling policy in place that covers everything from common recyclables to motor oil, batteries and electronics. We recently completed some energy efficiency projects in City facilities that upgraded lighting and HVAC systems. The last major facilities that the City built (the Justice Center and Fire Station #72 off Renner and Johnson) are LEED certified.
3. What do you think the City of Shawnee does best for the environment?
Katie: Educating and leading by example. There are so many departments that touch on environmental stewardship through the work they do each day and in addition are out educating the public on topics that range from rain barrels to recycling, energy efficiency to water quality. Check out our latest Parks and Recreation Brochure. Page 18-19 have some great classes.
4. What do you feel is the most difficult part of promoting sustainability? Easiest? Continue Reading