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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 28, 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, 2022August 22, 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)...

Capstone project earns local student Climate Action KC scholarship
May 11, 2022May 11, 2022
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Capstone project earns local student Climate Action KC scholarship

Van Horn High School senior Jose Saenz-Olivas received the Sustainability Challenge Award at Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Research & Design Competition this Spring for his capstone “The Effect of Climate Change on Local Aquatic Life: How Expected Increases in Precipitation and Pesticide Runoff May Affect Missouri Crustaceans”. The Independence School District student reported on...

New federal climate and health office looks at intersectional work between MARC and regional partners
May 11, 2022May 11, 2022
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New federal climate and health office looks at intersectional work between MARC and regional partners

Dr. John Balbus, Director of the newly created Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE), a program run under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH), was hosted via teleconference by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for an informative briefing on the regional and multi-jurisdictional work MARC does across its Environment, Data...

Leaders and subject experts convene for KC Regional Climate Action Summit
April 19, 2022April 19, 2022
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Leaders and subject experts convene for KC Regional Climate Action Summit

Six hundred people filled Yardley Hall inside the Midwest Trust Center on Saturday, April 9, to see presentations from eleven local and visiting speakers, musical guests, and an informative panel on elected leadership and climate action. Climate Action KC (CAKC) partnered with the Mid-America Regional Council to put on the event, with Johnson County Community...