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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Get to know CEC members Ian Fannin-Hughes & Gayle Bergman
April 18, 2023April 18, 2023
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Get to know CEC members Ian Fannin-Hughes & Gayle Bergman

Name Ian Fannin-Hughes What is your work and how did you end up focusing on the work you do? I am a water resource manager which means I oversee the planning, monitoring, and policy for water quality projects and activates. My entire career has been in the realm of protecting water, in some form or...

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...

Get to know CEC members David Johnson & Christy Engemann
March 28, 2023March 28, 2023
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Get to know CEC members David Johnson & Christy Engemann

Name David Johnson What is your work and how did you end up focusing on the work you do? I’m a transportation consultant at TransPro Consulting, Chair of the nonprofit Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, and an active board member for the KC Streetcar (both the Authority and the special district). I transitioned into the...