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The Climate & Environment Council welcomes new members
January 25, 2024January 25, 2024
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The Climate & Environment Council welcomes new members

The Climate and Environment Council (CEC) was created to move the implementation of the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan forward. The CEC sets a broad agenda on climate resilience and sustainability and focuses on the following core functions to carry out this purpose: Strategy: Develop near-term regional climate action work plans. Coordination: Prioritize, support and coordinate...

Regional EV Readiness Plan kicks off soon
January 25, 2024January 25, 2024
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Regional EV Readiness Plan kicks off soon

This month, MARC will launch a new planning effort that will guide the strategic implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the region. The planning effort will help prepare local leaders for the growing number of electric vehicles on our region’s roadways by providing a vision for the expansion of charging networks, along with actionable...

Ozone pollution: How the KC region faired this season
November 22, 2023November 22, 2023
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Ozone pollution: How the KC region faired this season

The ozone season lasts from March 1 to October 31 and captures the warmest parts of the year when ozone production is more likely. Throughout the season, the MARC Air Quality Program tracks ozone readings and works with a team of meteorologists to produce the SkyCast—the daily ozone forecast. This forecast is communicated to the...

Adapt Douglas County plan open for public comment
November 21, 2023November 22, 2023
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Adapt Douglas County plan open for public comment

Douglas County, Kansas has been developing a plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The plan and development process were designed to meet community’s priorities, account for assets and vulnerabilities, and recommend short and long-term policies and program development to respond to the realities of a changing climate. Lawrence...

Climate resilience workshops kick-off process to prioritize Climate Action Plan and bring funding to the region
October 31, 2023October 31, 2023
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Climate resilience workshops kick-off process to prioritize Climate Action Plan and bring funding to the region

On September 7th and 8th, MARC hosted two half-day workshops on the topics of resilience and mitigation. The workshops identified community-centered goals and potential projects to inform the development of regional Climate Action Plan priorities. Those priorities, reflecting all sectors of the Mid-America region, will be adapted for a grant application (due April 1) through...

Share your thoughts on projects seeking Carbon Reduction Program funding
June 23, 2023June 23, 2023
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Share your thoughts on projects seeking Carbon Reduction Program funding

The public comment period is open from now through June 30, 2023.  This spring, MARC held a call for project applications seeking funds through the Carbon Reduction Program. MARC received a total of 26 projects from 16 local governments and nonprofits. Now MARC is asking for public comments on the submitted applications. In July, MARC...

Regional public awareness surveys show community concern for climate change
May 23, 2023May 23, 2023
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Regional public awareness surveys show community concern for climate change

Each year, MARC’s Air and Water Quality programs conduct public awareness surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs’ annual public awareness campaigns and outreach initiatives. In the last few years, MARC staff have included several climate change questions in these surveys to identify overall trends in concern for climate change, level of priority placed...

Regional Sustainability & Resilience Leaders Meet-up
April 19, 2023April 19, 2023
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Regional Sustainability & Resilience Leaders Meet-up

On April 24, 2023, MARC will convene professionals from local governments and other public organizations who are working on sustainability and resilience initiatives for a peer exchange and networking opportunity. At this meet-up, participants will learn about relevant regional initiatives, share about their local priorities and projects and discuss collaboration opportunities. MARC intends to bring...

From the Ground Up: A new resource for urban farmers
January 27, 2023February 2, 2023
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From the Ground Up: A new resource for urban farmers

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, a long-standing initiative of KC Healthy Kids, convenes diverse stakeholders to advocate for an equitable, sustainable and resilient food system in greater Kansas City and promote policies for the nutritional, economic, social and environmental health of the community. The coalition is an alliance of individuals, government representatives, businesses, and...

What’s happening in 2023: Project highlights
December 21, 2022December 21, 2022
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What’s happening in 2023: Project highlights

There will be a lot of action in 2023! Here are highlights of some of the projects, planning and programs that will be kicking off next year. We invite you to share your thoughts, ideas or resources on any of the projects. Community Water Infrastructure Program/ ARPA A local partnership involving Kansas City, Mo., Jackson...