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Public comment window open for regional Priority Climate Action Plan
February 22, 2024February 22, 2024
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Public comment window open for regional Priority Climate Action Plan

Your opinion is needed as the region develops its Priority Climate Action Plan.  Over the past six months, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has engaged with hundreds of local residents, experts and local government officials to identify measures, programs and projects to achieve climate resilience in the region. This work has culminated in the draft...

MARC Solid Waste Management District hosts environmental justice speakers for annual luncheon
December 18, 2023December 18, 2023
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MARC Solid Waste Management District hosts environmental justice speakers for annual luncheon

Last week, the management council of the Solid Waste Management District hosted speakers Richard Mabion and Jeff Severin. Mabion is founder of Building a Sustainable Earth Community and a member of EPA Region 7 National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). Severin is the Senior Program Manager of the Heartland Environmental Justice Center at Wichita State...

Community turns out for climate action prioritization workshop
December 18, 2023December 18, 2023
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Community turns out for climate action prioritization workshop

A packed Kauffman Foundation Conference Center was host to in-depth discussions from local stakeholders across several key categories for climate action funding. MARC Environmental programs capped off weeks of public input on the next phase of the KC Regional Climate Action Plan on Friday with a three-hour workshop reviewing the framework developed from prior stakeholder meetings. The...

Native plant codes turning over a new leaf in Overland Park
November 17, 2023November 22, 2023
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Native plant codes turning over a new leaf in Overland Park

Overland Park is updating its codes to make room for native landscapes that have long been classified as “weeds”. The move could mean front yard gardens featuring formerly banned plants like milkweed, blue sage, native flowers and other species that once dominated northeastern Kansas. Native plants like milkweed have deeper root systems that infiltrate the...

Join the Climate Environment Council
October 23, 2023October 25, 2023
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Join the Climate Environment Council

The Mid-America Regional Council and Climate Action KC are looking for new members to join the 2024-2026 cohort of Climate and Environment Council (CEC).

Workshops set to bring together community, nonprofit and government leaders to help develop priorities for KC region
August 28, 2023August 28, 2023
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Workshops set to bring together community, nonprofit and government leaders to help develop priorities for KC region

The passage of the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has created the most significant opportunity for transformational infrastructure investment in a generation. Mobilizing this scale of funding will require increased local and regional coordination and the development of larger-scale projects. The existing KC Regional Climate Action Plan is...

Get to know CEC members Gloria Fisher & Miriam Bouallegue
June 23, 2023June 23, 2023
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Get to know CEC members Gloria Fisher & Miriam Bouallegue

Name Gloria Fisher What is your work and how did you end up focusing on the work you do? I am the Executive Director for Westside Housing Organization/ WSH. We are the largest community Development Corporation in KC MO. We deliver a $1.5M minor home repair program each year. I ended up in the group...

It’s an early (and rough) start to ozone season
June 23, 2023June 23, 2023
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It’s an early (and rough) start to ozone season

You’ve probably noticed the air quality over the past few weeks – the region has been experiencing higher-than-usual numbers of ozone alerts and exceedances. “I’m afraid that we are in for a very rough ozone season,” said Doug Norsby, senior environmental planner for the Mid-America Regional Council Air Quality Program. “We’ve been hit twice now...

Get to know CEC members Alexis Gatson-Currie & Amanda O’Dell
May 23, 2023May 23, 2023
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Get to know CEC members Alexis Gatson-Currie & Amanda O’Dell

Name Alexis Gatson-Currie What is your work and how did you end up focusing on the work you do? My work is as a serial entrepreneur and avid community liaison. Advocacy is in my bloodline, which is how I focus on my work. What’s your biggest motivation to do climate work (or for engaging in...

Get to know CEC members Ian Fannin-Hughes & Gayle Bergman
April 18, 2023April 18, 2023
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Get to know CEC members Ian Fannin-Hughes & Gayle Bergman

Name Ian Fannin-Hughes What is your work and how did you end up focusing on the work you do? I am a water resource manager which means I oversee the planning, monitoring, and policy for water quality projects and activates. My entire career has been in the realm of protecting water, in some form or...