How it started
In December 2018, a group of over 130 local and state elected leaders, community leaders and stakeholders convened on a Saturday morning at a church to learn about Project Drawdown, local climate protection planning and lessons from a peer city on successful collaborations and planning for climate action.
Building on this energy, Climate Action KC was formed. Together, Climate Action KC and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) assembled an ambitious work plan, which included developing a playbook of climate strategies for local governments, state legislative platforms for Missouri and Kansas, and the completion of the first regional climate action plan.
In March 2019, the MARC Board of Directors voted to join the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) on behalf of the cities and counties in the region.
By joining as a region, the GCoM membership also provided MARC with an opportunity to apply for a new program to support regional climate action planning. MARC was accepted, along with the Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., regions, to receive special technical assistance to guide the greenhouse gas inventory, climate risk and vulnerability assessment, and climate action plan.
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is a nonprofit association of city and county governments
and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected officials, MARC serves nine counties and 119 cities.
MARC provides a forum for the region to work together to advance social, economic and environmental progress.
Climate Action KC is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing local leaders together to reduce emissions and improve the quality of life across the Kansas City region.
The coalition is made up of more than 100 local and state elected officials, and leaders from many significant civic, nonprofit, public and corporate organizations.
The GCoM is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, built upon the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments from six continents and 138 counties.
GCoM is an initiative of the European Union’s International Urban Cooperation program.
MARC’s commitments as a member of GCoM include:
- Completion of a communityscale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, following the recommended guidance.
- Completion of an assessment of climate risks and vulnerabilities.
- Adoption of ambitious, measurable and time-bound target(s) to reduce/avoid GHG emissions.
- Adoption of ambitious climate change adaptation vision and goals, based on quantified scientific evidence when possible, to increase local resilience to climate change.
- Adoption of ambitious and just goals to improve access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
- Adoption of a plan addressing climate
change mitigation, low emission development, climate resilience and adaptation, and access to sustainable energy.
- Regular reporting through the CDP global carbon disclosure system.
The following principles, drawing from an extensive community and stakeholder engagement process resulting in MARC’s Climate Resilience Strategy (2015), guided the development of this plan and will guide our collective commitment to climate action throughout implementation.