Three girls digging a garden.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is conserving and protecting resources so that they are available for future generations.


Shawnee Mission School District leaders and the Board of Education developed a strategic plan based upon input from stakeholders. One of the seven themes of the strategic plan is dedicated to sustainable and efficient use of resources.

Student charts responses for students at his table

Shawnee Mission Sustainability Youth Summit 

Student representatives from all six district high schools were invited to share their concerns and priorities as part of the SMSD Sustainability Youth Summit held in March 2016. An interdisciplinary team of teachers and students from the arts, sciences, journalism and social studies attended the Summit hosted by the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College. Professionals and City Council members joined the students. Five priorities were identified by the students.

Four students and teacher discuss sustainability


Dr. Leigh Anne Neal
Chief of Early Childhood Education/Sustainability
(913) 993-6412

Susana Belvedere
Executive Secretary for Early Childhood Education/Sustainability
(913) 993-6441