I first started riding the bus in college to get to an internship in downtown Kansas City, Mo. from a neighborhood south of Waldo. I continued using the bus to commute to work in the Westside neighborhood and to the Historic Northeast when I was learning to use digital fabrication tools and vector drawing software...
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.
Are you ready to green commute?
Challenge yourself and your coworkers to bike, walk, carpool, ride the bus or streetcar or vanpool to work this fall. The 2022 Green Commute Challenge is a free competition among Kansas City area commuters to reward taking sustainable transportation options to work. For six weeks, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 28, members of employer-based teams...
Welcome Climate and Environment Council’s inagural members!
Congratulations and welcome to the new slate of council members selected for the Climate and Environment Council (CEC)! The CEC is a new, collaborative, action-oriented council that will guide the implementation of the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan. This council, jointly supported by MARC and Climate Action KC, implements Goal 1 in the Collaboration & Leadership...
Midwest Climate Collaborative developing regional research agenda
The Midwest Climate Collaborative, which launched in January 2022, is a cross-sector member organization that aims to advance climate action in the region. One of its projects seeks to develop a Midwest-wide Research Agenda
Net Zero housing report from Building Energy Exchange of Kansas City
Have you checked out the Building Energy Exchange of Kansas City’s (BE-Ex KC) recent report on net-zero housing? In collaboration with ULI Kansas City, BE-Ex KC explores how to invest in Kansas City’s multi-family housing stock through energy efficiency financing. “Similar to energy efficiency financing tools being deployed across the country, this fund has the potential...
Climate Action Plan honored with national APA award
The American Planning Association (APA) honored the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan with an Award for Excellence in Sustainability during the 2022 National Planning Conference in San Diego, California this May. The plan was selected from among an exceptional field for its extraordinary achievement in the state/regional category. The competitive national award recognizes and celebrates exemplary planning efforts supporting and growing sustainable communities. Tom Jacobs, MARC Director of Environmental Programs, and Karen Clawson, MARC Principal Planner, received the award on behalf of regional partners, local governments and stakeholders participating in the process.
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
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
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)...