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...
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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...
Carbon Reduction Program opens call for projects
The call for projects opens March 30, 2023, and applications are due May 19, 2023 The Carbon Reduction Program provides $6.4 billion dollars to states and metropolitan planning organizations, like MARC, to fund projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the on-road transportation system. Funds are available for five years (2022-2026). The program was established...
Get to know CEC members David Johnson & Christy Engemann
Name David Johnson What is your work and how did you end up focusing on the work you do? I’m a transportation consultant at TransPro Consulting, Chair of the nonprofit Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, and an active board member for the KC Streetcar (both the Authority and the special district). I transitioned into the...
MARC co-hosts Stormwater Conference
MARC Water Quality hosted two keynote speakers and more than 40 breakout sessions to help attendees meet professional development hour requirements for their certifications. MARC Water Quality, with help from the Kansas Water Environment Association and the Missouri Water Environment Association, hosted the biennial KC Urban Stormwater Conference at the Hyatt Place Lenexa Conference Center....
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
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
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.
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
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".