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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...

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...

MARC Solid Waste Management District hosts environmental justice speakers for annual luncheon
December 18, 2023December 18, 2023
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MARC Solid Waste Management District hosts environmental justice speakers for annual luncheon

Last week, the management council of the Solid Waste Management District hosted speakers Richard Mabion and Jeff Severin. Mabion is founder of Building a Sustainable Earth Community and a member of EPA Region 7 National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). Severin is the Senior Program Manager of the Heartland Environmental Justice Center at Wichita State...

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...

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...

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...