Category: Community Resilience

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...

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...

Resilient Success Stories: Leaders meet to honor examples of climate resiliency
December 22, 2022December 22, 2022
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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.

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...

Climate & Environment Council meets to discuss work plan priorities
October 25, 2022October 25, 2022
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Climate & Environment Council meets to discuss work plan priorities

The newly formed Climate and Environment Council held its first meeting last month to begin the important task of determining its work plan for the year. Each council member will provide input on their top five priority activities that align with the strategies in the Regional Kansas City Climate Action Plan. At the second meeting...

More than one hundred volunteers show up around the metro for KC Plogtober
October 25, 2022October 25, 2022
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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.

Preparing for climate-related disasters
September 29, 2022September 29, 2022
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Preparing for climate-related disasters

September is Disaster Preparedness Month. And even though we’re a little late to the game, don’t worry! We’ll be peppering readers with disaster preparedness and community resilience tips and resources all year long.

As I’m writing this, Hurricane Ian is working it’s way across Florida. Some Floridians have chosen to follow evacuation mandates and advisories, some have not. Hopefully, all will have prepared adequately and will come out unscathed. I’ve seen Florida friends post to social media about their preparations, whether it’s installing the hurricane shutters, stocking up on food or digging out the solar phone chargers. Of course, this brings to mind the question: what prepares us for disaster in the Kansas City region? And what does disaster-preparedness mean in the face of climate change?

Climate change will exacerbate those natural hazards we are all familiar with here in the metro: flooding, heat, drought, winter weather, tornadoes and thunderstorms. The full impact of more extreme versions of these hazards leaves a lot of uncertainty. But one thing is for sure, the impacts could be broad and wide-reaching. We need to think expansively about our risks and vulnerabilities. Disasters in a different area of the country could impact our region — mass migration, food shortages or economic disruptions, as examples. Read on for a few ways you, your household and your city can build climate resilience by being prepared when we are faced with disaster.

Get outside for the 2022 KC Plogtober clean-up
September 28, 2022September 29, 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, 2022May 5, 2023
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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.