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Climate Action KC passes the torch
February 1, 2023February 2, 2023
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Climate Action KC passes the torch

Dear Climate Action KC Community, We hope 2023 is shaping up to be a prosperous year for all of you.  It’s definitely off to a fast start.   Like many of you, Climate Action KC has been busy continuing its work to make our region a healthier, more economically prosperous, and climate-resilient community.  In that fashion, we...

Resilient Success Stories: Leaders meet to honor examples of climate resiliency
December 22, 2022December 22, 2022
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Resilient Success Stories: Leaders meet to honor examples of climate resiliency

On December 9, a group of energized individuals gathered at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to take part in the Resilient Success Stories Event. With a packed house, participants heard 12 stories from around the region: The Merriam Residential Sustainability Grant, Kompas Kapital’s refurbished headquarters building, Kansas City Public Library Climate Action Dashboard, Lee’s Summit Green Infrastructure improvement program, The HCA Nature Action Crew, Big Shoal Farm, Mission Conservation Improvement program, Johnson County Watershed Master Plan, Johnson County Park & Recreation Districts Forest Restoration, The Tomahawk Creek Water Treatment Facility, The KCMO Neighborhood Clean Up Program and KCMO's Climate Resiliency Protection Plan.

More than one hundred volunteers show up around the metro for KC Plogtober
October 25, 2022October 25, 2022
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More than one hundred volunteers show up around the metro for KC Plogtober

KC Plogtober celebrated its second-ever event last weekend with over one hundred "ploggers" turning out at 13 sites across eight municipalities to pick up litter at their favorite parks and trails.

Congratulations to Team Clay County (pictured), who brought home the "Top Plogger" award, providing almost half of the total cleanup volunteers! Another noteworthy accomplishment was the team from Raytown, MO, who had the largest single-site turnout on the Rock Island Trail.

September 28, 2022September 28, 2022
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Celebrate Energy Awareness Month with Building Energy Exchange Kansas City

October is Energy Awareness Month, and BE-Ex KC has events happening all over the metro!  Connect with private and public sector leadership and learn how they are utilizing energy efficiency and other building decarbonization practices to bolster the climate resiliency of our region. Learn more and register for each event at https://www.be-exkc.org/news

Get outside for the 2022 KC Plogtober clean-up
September 28, 2022September 29, 2022
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Get outside for the 2022 KC Plogtober clean-up

MARC Water Quality, and a host of partner organizations will hold this year’s KC Plogtober on Sunday, October 16. The program’s goal is to get local volunteers to appreciate their local watersheds more by realizing that the litter on the heavily-trafficked public-use ground eventually winds up in our streams and rivers. "Plogging" is a Swedish concept that translates to picking up litter while jogging.

Registration for volunteers is open now. Be sure to visit KCPlogtober.com for more information and to sign up. Each county will have multiple streamside trails and public greenspaces to choose from, or volunteers can go solo and pick a location close by for a "virtual plog".

Resilient Success Stories: True Life Stories from the Kansas City Region
August 22, 2022December 7, 2022
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Resilient Success Stories: True Life Stories from the Kansas City Region

Momentum is building throughout the Kansas City region

to transform our community in ways that create greater levels of sustainability and climate resilience. To embrace and accelerate positive change, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and Climate Action KC will highlight selected local or regional Resilient Success Stories at the Kauffman Foundation on the morning of Dec. 2, 2022.

Net Zero housing report from Building Energy Exchange of Kansas City
August 1, 2022August 1, 2022
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Net Zero housing report from Building Energy Exchange of Kansas City

Have you checked out the Building Energy Exchange of Kansas City’s (BE-Ex KC) recent report on net-zero housing? In collaboration with ULI Kansas City, BE-Ex KC explores how to invest in Kansas City’s multi-family housing stock through energy efficiency financing. “Similar to energy efficiency financing tools being deployed across the country, this fund has the potential...

Unified Government adopts Climate Action Plan
July 12, 2022July 12, 2022
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Unified Government adopts Climate Action Plan

On June 30, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS (UG) Commission adopted a resolution in support of the KC Regional Climate Action Plan and pursuing its implementation in Wyandotte County.

JOCO attains LEED Gold certification for sustainability and resilience achievements
May 20, 2022May 20, 2022
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JOCO attains LEED Gold certification for sustainability and resilience achievements

Johnson County, Kansas announced today that it has achieved LEED Gold certification. Johnson County is part of a growing group to be certified using the LEED for Cities rating system, and is just the 25th local government in the world to achieve this latest version of community certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)...