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Unified Government adopts Climate Action Plan
July 12, 2022July 12, 2022
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Unified Government adopts Climate Action Plan

On June 30, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS (UG) Commission adopted a resolution in support of the KC Regional Climate Action Plan and pursuing its implementation in Wyandotte County.

Kansas City delegation visits Poland for #WUF11 and study tour
July 11, 2022July 12, 2022
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Kansas City delegation visits Poland for #WUF11 and study tour

Last year, Climate Action KC joined the European Union’s International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) program and was matched with an EU counterpart region as part of a city-to-city exchange. Kansas City’s selected partner was Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metro (GZM), located in the Silesia Voivodeship (think: province) in southern Poland. The GZM consists of 41 cities and communes where...

JOCO attains LEED Gold certification for sustainability and resilience achievements
May 20, 2022May 20, 2022
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JOCO attains LEED Gold certification for sustainability and resilience achievements

Johnson County, Kansas announced today that it has achieved LEED Gold certification. Johnson County is part of a growing group to be certified using the LEED for Cities rating system, and is just the 25th local government in the world to achieve this latest version of community certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)...

Capstone project earns local student Climate Action KC scholarship
May 11, 2022May 11, 2022
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Capstone project earns local student Climate Action KC scholarship

Van Horn High School senior Jose Saenz-Olivas received the Sustainability Challenge Award at Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Research & Design Competition this Spring for his capstone “The Effect of Climate Change on Local Aquatic Life: How Expected Increases in Precipitation and Pesticide Runoff May Affect Missouri Crustaceans”. The Independence School District student reported on...

New federal climate and health office looks at intersectional work between MARC and regional partners
May 11, 2022May 11, 2022
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New federal climate and health office looks at intersectional work between MARC and regional partners

Dr. John Balbus, Director of the newly created Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE), a program run under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH), was hosted via teleconference by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for an informative briefing on the regional and multi-jurisdictional work MARC does across its Environment, Data...

The KC Regional Climate Action Plan receives sustainability award from the American Planning Association
May 9, 2022May 10, 2022
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The KC Regional Climate Action Plan receives sustainability award from the American Planning Association

Last week, the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan received an Award for Excellence in Sustainability from the American Planning Association. The annual awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. The plan was recognized for extraordinary achievement in the state or regional category. Pictured is Tom...

Leaders and subject experts convene for KC Regional Climate Action Summit
April 19, 2022April 19, 2022
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Leaders and subject experts convene for KC Regional Climate Action Summit

Six hundred people filled Yardley Hall inside the Midwest Trust Center on Saturday, April 9, to see presentations from eleven local and visiting speakers, musical guests, and an informative panel on elected leadership and climate action. Climate Action KC (CAKC) partnered with the Mid-America Regional Council to put on the event, with Johnson County Community...

Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) introduces contractor accelerator program through Kauffman Foundation
February 17, 2022February 17, 2022
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Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) introduces contractor accelerator program through Kauffman Foundation

The Rising Trades Contractor Accelerator is a curated business program designed to support diverse entrepreneurs in green construction and the high-performance buildings industry. Through customized coaching, strategic pairings with professional service providers and mentors and practical education, we provide business counsel and connections to accelerate BIPOC contractors as leaders of sustainable construction. The program will...

Climate Action Plan to be honored by Missouri APA
January 18, 2022January 18, 2022
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Climate Action Plan to be honored by Missouri APA

The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Associate (APA) will be awarding the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan their 2021 Outstanding Plan at their virtual conference on Monday, Jan. 31. The Climate Action Plan is a collaboration between Climate Action KC (CAKC) and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and aims to transform the metropolitan...