Category: Collaboration and Leadership

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...