Category: Environment

Public comment window open for regional Priority Climate Action Plan
February 22, 2024February 22, 2024
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Public comment window open for regional Priority Climate Action Plan

Your opinion is needed as the region develops its Priority Climate Action Plan.  Over the past six months, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has engaged with hundreds of local residents, experts and local government officials to identify measures, programs and projects to achieve climate resilience in the region. This work has culminated in the draft...

Dealing with your green commuter winter blues
January 25, 2024January 26, 2024
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Dealing with your green commuter winter blues

2024 has been off to a cold and dreary start. If you’re missing warmer, sunnier days, here are a few tips for dealing with the winter blues as a green commuter. Try a different green commute mode If you’re normally a bike commuter and not feeling up for biking in the cold, try taking RideKC...

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...

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).

It’s an early (and rough) start to ozone season
June 23, 2023June 23, 2023
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It’s an early (and rough) start to ozone season

You’ve probably noticed the air quality over the past few weeks – the region has been experiencing higher-than-usual numbers of ozone alerts and exceedances. “I’m afraid that we are in for a very rough ozone season,” said Doug Norsby, senior environmental planner for the Mid-America Regional Council Air Quality Program. “We’ve been hit twice now...

Carbon Reduction Program opens call for projects
April 13, 2023April 13, 2023
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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...

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...

Guides to the Inflation Reduction Act
December 21, 2022December 21, 2022
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Guides to the Inflation Reduction Act

The landmark Inflation Reduction Act was signed in to law by President Biden this past August. While the Act is a slimmed-down version of Build Back Better, the impact of the IRA will be significant. The act provides nearly $369 billion in direct investment for energy security, carbon emissions reduction, increased energy innovation and supporting...

Ozone pollution: How did we do in 2022?
November 10, 2022November 10, 2022
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Ozone pollution: How did we do in 2022?

What is ozone and why do we care about it? Though chemically identical, there is “good ozone”—the kind that is naturally present in the stratosphere (as the Ozone Layer) and keeps Spaceship Earth comfortable—and there is “bad ozone.” Bad ozone is man-made ozone that hangs out at ground level and is a hazard to public...

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