Collaboration and Leadership Goal 1

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GOAL: Create new patterns of regional collaboration that guide and connect actions and facilitate equity and transparency


Regional climate policy

CL-1.1: Create a regional climate policy and action committee to guide plan implementation

A new forum to guide implementation of the plan and foster partnerships and linkages among key actors in the Kansas City region is imperative. The forum would reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure that ensuing work is responsive to the needs of vulnerable communities.

Representation from key sectors (i.e. transportation, water, green infrastructure, food, public health, energy, buildings) and multiple disciplines (i.e. architecture, planning, ecology, landscape architecture, engineering, community development, business, economic and workforce development, youth) will help drive actions among local governments in the metro and within diverse organizations, businesses and communities.

The forum would meet regularly, working under the direction of the MARC Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Climate Action KC. It would seek to integrate climate actions within a broad cross section of regional efforts. A variety of working groups may form to address specific issues or challenges as they arise. The forum would also develop processes and project pipelines to accelerate collaborative action at multiple scales.

Equity considerations/opportunities

Just, diverse, inclusive and equitable representation is a fundamental element of committee structure and composition.

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation


CL-1.2: Measure and track performance towards reaching goals and targets

The plan proposes a set of preliminary quantitative goals and targets. By joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, this plan seeks to achieve GHG reductions of at least 26-28% by 2025; net zero emissions from local government operations by 2030; net zero emissions from energy generation by 2035; net zero emissions from buildings by 2040; and become a net zero regional economy by 2050.

At the same time, the plan seeks to achieve adaptation goals relative to food security, energy and water affordability, mobility, public health, safety, infrastructure durability and resilience, among other issues. More detailed performance metrics and targets related to job creation, equity benefits and other factors remain to be developed.

Equity considerations/opportunities

Metrics will include explicit measures with equity benefits.