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EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Planning Grant

Through the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA established a new Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program (CPRG). At a national level, this two-stage grant program provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants. Initial planning grants have awarded $1 million to large metro areas to establish or refine existing climate plans.

The Kansas City region is one of the metro areas to receive this $1 million planning grant, with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) as the leading agency, which supported the development of a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) and the CPRG implementation grant application which could fund the expeditious implementation of investment-ready policies, programs and projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in the near term.

The 2025 Comprehensive Climate Action Plan

The CPRG program will also support the update of the KC Regional Climate Action Plan (CAP), which was adopted in 2021. The updated plan, the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), will acknowledge and build upon the actions municipalities, community-based organizations and neighborhoods across the region have already taken to build climate resilience. The CCAP development will include a new comprehensive GHG emissions inventory and Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment. 

MARC will continue to work through a multi-step consultation process with regional stakeholders, including meaningful engagement with environmental justice and disadvantaged communities, to ensure that planning reflects local and regional needs. 

Priority Climate Action Plan

Thank you to everyone who helped to develop the KC Regional Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP). Thanks to you, we’ve located over 300 shovel-ready measures across the region that can be implemented in the near-term. The measures in the PCAP and implementation plan were co-developed with the community through a public engagement process spanning several months and are categorized into the following sectors:

  • Buildings Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Investments
  • Transportation Alternatives & Technology
  • Urban Greening
  • Agriculture, Food & Waste Systems Innovation
  • Cross-Sector Measures 

KC Regional Climate Action Plan

The 2024 PCAP builds upon actions included in the 2021 KC Regional Climate Action Plan framework  — a holistic set of strategies able to be tailored to meet local community needs. The PCAP represents a prioritization of actions for the entire Kansas City region.

2024 Regional Priority Climate Action Plan ***Click thumbnail to view
Climate Action Plan Cover
2021 KC Regional Climate Action Plan ***Click thumbnail to view

Community and stakeholder engagement

Through the CCAP engagement process, we will be meeting with local governments, community benefit organizations, and project champions to identify existing plans to build climate resilience for communities between now and 2050. This will help us develop measures and GHG reduction targets for the plan. Please schedule some time with us if you are interested!

Office hours are open:

  • Tuesdays beginning June 11 from 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursdays beginning June 13 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact Emily Miller at emiller@marc.org or (816) 701-8231
 

Community Workshops

During the months of September through November we will host workshops on the following topics to help us develop measures for the plan: 

  • September
  • 01. Youth workshop
  • 02. Industry
  • 03. Commercial, Nonprofit, and Public Buildings and Energy
  • October
  • 04. Residential buildings and neighborhoods
  • 05. Transportation
  • November
  • 06. Urban Greening and Agriculture
  • 07. Waste Systems Innovation and Circular Economy
  • April 2025
  • 08. Regionwide workshop; community review of plan measures

Storytelling

This year the MARC Academy for Sustainable Communities is bringing back our Resilient Success Stories event to celebrate our accomplishments as a region! We will feature stories of achievement in our monthly newsletter, and will soon be accepting nominations for examples of exceptional sustainability and resiliency to be highlighted at the December event organized in partnership with Climate Action KC.

Tentative high-level schedule

2023
August
Priority Climate Action Plan process began
2024
March 1
Priority Climate Action plan submitted to EPA
2024
April 1
Phase 2 Implementation Grant application due to EPA
2024
March-December
Update Greenhouse Gas Inventory and projection
Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
Measures and project development
2025
July
Comprehensive Climate Action Plan due to EPA
2026
August
Status Report due to EPA

**Public and stakeholder engagement will be continuous through the process.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Progress

Thursday, March 14, 2024 @ 12:00 p.m.

In 2023, the EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program provided $5 billion in grants to develop and implement ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. On a national scale, this two-phase program provided $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and will provide approximately $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

MARC will submit an EPA Climate Pollution Reduction implementation grant application to support advancement of the Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) developed over the last six months and based upon our previous Climate Action Plan from 2021. As part of the CPRG requirements, the PCAP was submitted to the EPA for review on March 1.

During this upcoming webinar, participants will review sections of the grant application and provide feedback on our draft application.

Past Events

Climate Resilience Workshops (Sep. 7-8, 2023)

On Sept. 7 and 8, MARC hosted two half-day workshops on the topics of resilience and mitigation to inform the development of a regional Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP). The workshops identified communitycentered regional goals and potential projects across all sectors to support the development of an EPA CPRG implementation funding application in early 2024 and other federal infrastructure funding applications over the next two to three years. Through small working groups, participants developed several promising concepts that bring together highvalue GHG emissions reductions targets with environmental justice and long-term resilience benefits. 

Community Coalition Meetings (Nov. 9-15, 2023)

MARC formed community coalitions for five initial priority areas for climate action. These coalitions worked to develop and refine projects for inclusion in the PCAP and CPRG implementation grant. Individuals will have the option to register for up to five sessions based upon interest. 

Coalitions included High Performance Buildings and Communities, Green Infrastructure, Transportation Alternatives, Clean Power and Food and Agriculture Innovation.

Local Government and Agency Workshops (Nov. 20-21, 2023)

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

Priority Climate Action Plan Workshop (Dec. 1, 2023)

Community members convened for a third workshop to build unity around our climate action priorities. This workshop served as a community review of projects that have already been submitted and a review of a draft Priority Climate Action Plan and funding application concept for the region. Continued dialogue and contributions for new or expanded project ideas were encouraged.

Draft Priority Climate Action Plan Webinar and Q&A (Feb. 15, 2024)

The Draft Priority Climate Action Plan underwent public review and comment through February 27, 2024. During this comment period, MARC walked through the measures in the plan in a webinar for community members and stakeholders. Participants asked questions and commented during a Q&A session with Environmental Programs director Tom Jacobs. The webinar recording can be accessed in the video linked here. Click here for slides.

Draft CPRG Application and Budget Webinar + Q&A (March 14, 2024)

Environmental Programs director Tom Jacobs guides participants on the draft budget for Mid-America Regional Council’s EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grant (CPRG) application. The webinar includes a 30-minute Q&A and can be accessed in the video linked here. Click here for slides.

Resources

Contacts

Emily Miller, Sr. Environmental Planner

Karen Clawson, Air and Climate Programs Manager

Tom Jacobs, Chief Resilience Officer

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