Green Impact Zone® Videos

Why People and Place Matter

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, the Green Impact Zone hosted a reception and documentary premiere to highlight many of the changes made to the area over the past four years. Neighborhood associations from the Green Impact Zone — a 150-square-block area in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo. — displayed accomplishments, revitalization projects and positive impacts created for area residents. Attendees of the event at the revitalized Mary L. Kelly Community Center (the formerly vacant Graceland School building) enjoyed refreshments, displays, tours of the community center, a message from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, and the documentary "Why People and Place Matter."

Projects funded by TIGER grant in Green Impact Zone

This video documents sidewalk and paving projects funded by the region's TIGER grant (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) across the Green Impact Zone. Construction crews completed excavation at Olive and Emanuel Cleaver II, and installed a geotextile fabric that serves as a barrier between sticky clay soil and a layer of small rocks and will help water filter into the ground beneath the new porous asphalt road. Ultimately, the porous asphalt will help reduce stormwater runoff and filter out pollutants that would otherwise flow into Brush Creek. A pervious concrete installation is underway at a nearby intersection, Wabash and Emanuel Cleaver II. TIGER progress is documented online through MARC's Tiger Tracker website,

Bancroft School Revitalization

This ambitious project in Kansas City, Missouri includes three main parts: the preservation and rehabilitation of the existing Bancroft School, site improvements to accommodate new community spaces and parking needs, and construction of new housing units in the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood. This video was created by the Make It Right Foundation.

Green Impact Zone Bancroft Groundbreaking

Green Impact Zone Director Anita Maltbia, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Mayor Sly James, Tim Duggan from the Make It Right Foundation and others participated in the groundbreaking for the Bancroft School renovation project in the Manheim neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. More information online at

NEXUS 2011 Balloon Car Experiment

Teens who participated in the Green Impact Zone's NEXUS summer youth enrichment program build and race balloon-powered cars. The experiments were part of a larger discussion of alternative energy sources led by Park University students.

Green Impact Zone Open House 2011

Produced in late 2011, this video includes information on a wide variety of initiatives underway in the zone, including energy efficiency, housing, transportation infrastructure, public safety, community services, urban agriculture, recycling, deconstruction, employment and training.

The Green Impact Zone of Missouri

From October 2010: The Green Impact Zone is a cooperative effort to focus federal stimulus funds on projects in a targeted area of Kansas City, Mo. — bounded by 39th St. on the north, 51st St. on the south, Troost Ave. on the west, and Prospect to 47th to Swope Parkway on the east.