Climate resilience workshops kick-off process to prioritize Climate Action Plan and bring funding to the region

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 EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG). Projects will also serve as a foundation for other federal infrastructure funding applications over the next two to three years.

Through small working groups, participants developed several promising concepts that bring together greenhouse gas emissions reduction with environmental justice and long-term resilience benefits.

Get involved in the next steps

The next steps are to convene community coalitions and local government/agency stakeholders around five focus areas that emerged from the workshops. These focus areas serve as a starting point to refine existing projects and generate new ones.

Community coalitions

We invite you to participate in community coalition meetings (online and in-person at MARC). Community coalitions will meet regularly to develop and refine the Climate Action Plan priorities and CPRG implementation grant.

High-Performance Buildings and Communities | Register
November 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Green Infrastructure | Register
November 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Clean Power | Register
November 13, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Transportation Alternatives & Access | Register
November 14, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Food and Agriculture Innovation | Register
November 15, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Local government/agency workshops

Local government staff, transit agencies and other regional organizations are invited to one of two workshops to collaborate on implementable climate pollution-reducing projects and programs. These are projects expected to be fulfilled within the next few years.

November 20, 1:30 – 3 p.m. (online) | Register

November 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m. (in-person) | Register

Submit a project through the project portal by December 15, 2023

Have a project idea? All community members, local governments and other stakeholders are encouraged to formally submit projects through the project portal.

Save the date – Community Review of the Priority Climate Action Plan

December 1, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Registration coming soon.

Questions? Contact Emily Miller, EPA CPRG Project Manager at emiller@marc.org.